The eyes of the world are on Manchester today as India and Pakistan meet in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
The two countries face-off at Old Trafford on Sunday in one of sport’s biggest games and bitterest rivalries. It’s one of the world’s most-watched sporting events with up to ONE BILLION people tuning in across the world.
It was a huge coup for Lancashire County Cricket Club bosses when they were awarded the match, the first of six being staged at Old Trafford, which also includes England’s clash with Afghanistan, South Africa against Australia and one of the two semi-finals.
Both sides have large British fan-bases and there were a staggering 500,000 ticket applications for the match, meaning 25,000 capacity Old Trafford could have been sold out 20 times over.
They have since been changing hands for over £2,500 on secondary ticketing sites.
A big screen in a special ‘fan village’ in Cathedral Gardens in the city centre which can hold up to 3,500 people will also be showing the game, which starts at 10:30am.
The worry today, though, is the weather – The Met Office is forecasting some heavy rain and possibly thunder this afternoon, though bright spells are also expected so there should be play, even if it leads to a shortened match.