Bangalore: After much embarrassment over tickets fiasco, the International Cricket Council (ICC) on Saturday announced the process of public ballot system which will be used for selling tickets for the semi-finals and the final of the Cricket World Cup.

The council was left red faced when the ticketing website, which was initially roped in to distribute tickets for the finals, crashed on February 21 because of overload.

Setting things in order, ICC CEO Haroon Lorgat said that there will be a public ballot system, similar to the one used in global sporting events for the sale of tickets of the semifinals in Colombo and Mohali on March 29 and 30 respectively and final to be held in Mumbai on April 2.

"It was most unfortunate and no blame should be directed at Kyazoonga, the ICC's official ticketing partner, as no one could have anticipated that tens of millions people would be trying to access the site an hour before it went live. In truth, Kyazoonga has been an innocent third party in all the issues we have had with ticketing," Lorgat said.

The public ballot system process will start on February 28 and the fans will need to fill and submit the Public Ballot application form at by March 6.

A ticket limit of two tickets per applicant will be applied and only one application per person will be accepted. In case more than one application is submitted, it will be cancelled by Kyazoonga. A Ballot Confirmation Number will be generated once the application is submitted and no up-front payment will be required at this stage.

A draw will be held by computer on March 10 and the chosen applicants will be informed by email the next day. Successful applicants will be able to pay for their tickets through Kyazoonga's secure payment processing website using credit card/debit card/net-banking.

After successful payment completion, fans will receive a confirmation page and email. Tickets will be distributed from the third week of March 2011.