With 4,000 spectators allowed, Bharat Army set to cheer for India in WTC final at Ageas Bowl | Cricket News

MUMBAI: With the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the International Cricket Council (ICC) permitting 4000 spectators per day for the World Test Championship (WTC) final from June 18-22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, the Bharat Army, a dedicated UK-based fan group, is keenly looking forward to cheer for Team India when it takes on New Zealand in the summit clash.
It practically means that the Ageas Bowl will be filled up to 25% of its capacity.
Fans were allowed for a cricket game in England on Wednesday (May 19) since September 2019, when about 1500 people were allowed entry for the County Championship match between Hampshire and Leicestershire at the Ageas Bowl.
“We’ve missed this…an incredible feeling to welcome back some of our Members today,” Hampshire Cricket, the official twitter handle of Hampshire county, which owns the Ageas Bowl, tweeted, along with pictures of a few spectators on the ground, on the return of fans, on Wednesday.

The ICC has appointed the Bharat Army as its official travel partner for the WTC final.
“We’re itching at the prospect of supporting Team India in the final. We will have a huge presence at Southampton. The demand for tickets has been massive with over 17,000 singles applications for the match which will only hold 4000 per day. Each application is eligible for up to six tickets per day. The Bharat Army themselves had almost 2000 applications within 48 hours of the official ballot going live,” Bharat Army founder Rakesh Patel told TOI from London on Thursday.
“Since we’ve gone live with our ICC travel programme, we’ve had huge demand from Indians all over the world, with a significant number of fans in India prepared for hard quarantine to try and make it to the final.”
Of course, the organisers are also trying to reserve some tickets for the New Zealand fans and the ICC partners too.

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