The Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) has decided to cut down the prices of high denomination tickets for the second ODI between India and Windies scheduled in Vishakhapatnam on October 24. The second ODI was originally scheduled to be hosted at Indore’s Holkar Stadium but the Madhya Pradesh state cricket association backed out over the new complimentary tickets rule of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the game was shifted to Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam.
However, the recent reports have suggested that the ACA authorities decided to endure the BCCI’s new free ticket rules and accepted to put up 90 percent of their tickets for public sale. It will now sell 24,000 tickets while 3,500 will be given as complimentary passes. The total capacity of the stadium is 27,500.
As per the reports in The Hindu, chairman of the organizing committee of the match, MT Krishna Babu said, “We are also planning to sell some 6,000 tickets through 10 offline counters at various places in the city.” The tickets will be sold from October 15 and a majority of them will be sold online.
According to a Uni India report, the ticket denomination for the second ODI has been reduced from ₹6,000 to ₹4,000 while those of ₹3,500 have been reduced to ₹2,500. Tickets priced at ₹2,500 will be sold at ₹2,000. The rest of the tickets have been priced at ₹1,800, ₹1,200, ₹750, ₹500 and ₹250.
Other state cricket associations like Tamil Nadu and West Bengal that are also set to host matches during the Windies tour have also raised concerns over the BCCI’s new rule. The ACA’s stand will give the BCCI a comfort. The Windies are currently playing a two-Test series against India and have already lost the first one in Rajkot by an innings and 272 runs. The second Test will begin in Hyderabad on October 12.
Windies will play five ODIs and three T20Is after the Test series gets over.