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Last Updated: Wednesday, 23 November 2005, 21:59 GMT
World Cup ticket details released
World Cup trophy
Tickets for the 2007 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies will go on sale from 1 May next year, say organisers.

They will range from category 1 premium seats to category 4 - a party stand with artificially-created beaches.

The first run of tickets will close on 31 July, with any left over going back on sale from 1 September.

Prices for pool matches will range from £8-£58, the Super 8 stage from £14-£58, the semi-finals from £27-£75 and the final from £58-£166.

Organisers are aiming to have a minimum of 75% of seats filled for the matches, which will be played in Barbados, Jamaica, St Lucia, St Kitts, Antigua, Grenada, Trinidad, Guyana, and St Vincent.

And World Cup commercial manager Stephen Price promised a "fair and equitable distribution" of tickets.

"If demand for tickets of a certain price for any one match or combination or package is higher than the number of tickets available, the applications will go into a ballot to determine who receives the tickets.

"This ballot will be supervised by independent auditors," Price told a news conference in Jamaica.

¿Everyone will have equal chance to buy a ticket and there are prices for every pocket," he added.

Cricket World Cup chief executive Chris Dehring, meanwhile, has said the building of new stadiums and upgrading of related infrastructure is on schedule.

He told the BBC: "Cricket in the Caribbean is a sleeping giant, just waiting to be re-awoken."

The World Cup, involving 12 teams, will see 51 matches played in a 47-day period from 13 March to 28 April 2007.

Chris Dehring
We will celebrate this great game called cricket
Chris Dehring

Initial estimates put potential revenue for the West Indies Cricket Board at over £54m.

And Dehring said everything possible would be done to make it a memorable experience for travelling supporters.

"We are putting in place various mechanisms to make it a little easier for fans to move around the region.

"For instance, we're working on a one-stop visa to allow fans to be processed once, instead of having to process every time they go through from country to country," he explained.

"There's a tremendous amount of goodwill by all the various governments. We've come together really well on this project, probably more so than at any other time in our history."

Dehring said that although Caribbean people had a reputation for being laid-back, he was "absolutely confident" everything would be ready on time.

"A tremendous amount of activity is taking place in the Caribbean.

"A lot of it may have been planned before but what Cricket World Cup 2007 has done is allow countries to focus on a timeline.

"It has been a really great catalyst for development in the region," he added.

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