The jokes doing the rounds on social media is that it’s not New Zealand who’s topping the World Cup points table right now, but rain. Several netizens created the points table with rain at the top, having played 4, won 4 and earning 8 points. While cricket lovers around the world, who watch the games on TV or digital platforms, are disappointed and frustrated when their plans go for a toss with the games being abandoned due to the weather gods, the ones who actually book the tickets and go to the stadium, are at a risk of more losses. Apart from the time and money spent to travel to the venue, do they also lose the money with which they booked the tickets? The answer could be yes and no.
As per the official ICC rules, one is entitled to get a refund if the match gets completely washed out. So, all those who booked their tickets for the India vs New Zealand match, will get their monies back.
However, as one is aware, many of them buy tickets from a third-party, colloquially known as the ‘black market’, at sometimes 3-4 times the original price, for big games like India vs Pakistan. These are the ones who lose a big amount when a game is abandoned.
As per a report in PTI, a software engineer who came all the way from Singapore to watch the India vs New Zealand match was quoted as saying, "I have paid 800 GBP (more than 70k INR) for a ticket. I am losing a lot of money. The black market rate for a Pakistan game is 2000 GBP. I can't afford that.”
Moreover, refund or no refund is a matter of just one delivery. If even a single ball is bowled, the match is considered as ‘played’, and even if there is a no result, as was announced at the South Africa vs West Indies match after just 7.3 overs, the audiences won’t get a single penny back.