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India v Pakistan and England v Australia ICC Champions Trophy 2013 tickets back on sale

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Dubai: Cricket fans will be pleased to hear that a further allocation of tickets for all the matches of the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 will be released at 1030 (BST) on Monday 8 April.

Tickets, including coveted games such as India v Pakistan, England v Australia, semi-finals and the final will be available for purchase via telephone (0844 249 2013) and website (www.icc-cricket.com).

As a very limited stock of tickets will be available for purchase in this second phase of sales, tickets are expected to be quickly snapped up and as such, cricket fans are advised to hurry to take advantage of this opportunity.

No matter which team you support, the ICC Champions Trophy 2013 offers an exciting chance to see the world’s best cricketers from the top eight sides battle out for glory in the only nation versus nation tournament of the year, so don’t miss out!

The ICC Champions Trophy 2013, featuring Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies, will be played across three world-class venues – Cardiff Wales Stadium, Edgbaston and The Oval – over 18 days in this action-packed event from 6-23 June.

ICC Chief Executive David Richardson, looking forward to the tournament, said: “With only 60 days to go to the ICC Champions Trophy 2013, excitement and anticipation around this event is building not only in the host countries of England and Wales, but also across the world.

“We have been delighted with the interest shown so far and the second phase of ticket sales provides cricket followers with another unique opportunity to see live the world’s top 50-over cricketers play for national pride as well as the ICC Champions Trophy 2013.”

Current ticket data for the ICC Champions Trophy reveals that the tournament is attracting a new, younger audience to the game, with the average age of buyers down to 38 from the traditional figure of 44.  Nearly a third of these are aged 25-34, while 60% are first-time buyers at the three venues.

One man looking for success this summer is England captain Alastair Cook, who said: “It‘s a very important event for us as a side. We don’t often get the opportunity to play at home in a world tournament and we’ve got a really good home record. I think we’ve have only won one ICC tournament so we would love to win another one.”

With two months to go, preparations are well underway as Tournament Director Steve Elworthy explains: “Everything is on track to deliver a fantastic tournament come June 6 and the opening game between India and South Africa at the Cardiff Wales Stadium.

“The Champions Trophy will be a tremendous opportunity for fans to see the world's very best one-day sides and players in action over the space of three weeks and the fixture schedule has thrown up a host of exciting head-to-head contests. The cultural diversity in the UK will mean that all teams will have huge local support from passionate fans and we hope this will create a wonderful atmosphere within the grounds.”


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