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World Cup tickets selling out fast

Tickets for the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in September have been selling like hot cakes, and the four main matches - the opening match, the semifinals and the finals - are sold out.

But Tournament Director Steve Elworthy has good news for people still hoping to get tickets for these matches.

"We have contractual obligations to our sponsors and other corporate interests, but they have to let us know this week how many tickets they will need, and after that, any spare tickets will be fed back into the system," he said on Thursday.

Elworthy said there had been a good response at all the venues, and the double-header at Newlands in Cape Town on Sunday September 16 was all but sold out. The two matches at Newlands that day are between Australia and the West Indies in the afternoon and South Africa and England in the evening.

"Because we haven't sold packages, we are able to keep an eye on what is happening at the various venues - the Wanderers, in Johannesburg, Kingsmead in Durban and Newlands in Cape Town - and so we will be able make plans to get more spectators at matches where we haven't sold out," he said. "We've noticed that the weekdays are more about corporate sales whereas families are buying tickets for the weekends.

"It has been a bit of a problem that there are no school holidays, but we will be working through our amateur arms in all three centres to bring schools and clubs to the cricket. We know, for instance, that it will be hard to fill the Wanderers nine times in 13 days. But generally, we are very pleased with the sales so far, especially as we haven't even started our marketing campaign yet."

The T20 World Cup, as it has become known, starts on September 11 with the opening ceremony and a match between South Africa and the West Indies and ends on September 24.

Elworthy said there was no noticeable support for any particular team.

"Tickets are selling well across the board," he said.

Tickets are available from Computicket and are being sold at domestic cricket prices.

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