Ticket Sale to Begin from Tomorrow for the First ODI between India and West Indies
Our Sports Reporter
GUWAHATI: The tickets of first ODI between India and West Indies will go for sale from October 11. Assam Cricket Associations will host the match at the ACA stadium on October 21.
Disclosing the news in a press conference the Vice President of the Assam Cricket Association Debojit Saikia today said, “Like the earlier T20I this time also the tickets of the forthcoming match will be sold online and will start from 12 PM on October 11 at Book my Show portal.”
The total capacity of ACA stadium at Barsapara is 36,495. As per the new BCCI constitution, 90 per cent tickets of the total capacity of the stadium should be put on public sale. The staging associations will get remaining 10 per cent for the distribution of complimentary passes. However, it could be reduced to only 5 per cent to ACA as the BCCI had mandatory 1200 complimentary tickets for its sponsors and broadcasters. The new rules sparked a lot of controversy and BCCI later decided to curtail its share of passes from 1200 to 604.
Commenting on this issue Saikia said, “We know it would create a huge problem for us as we have to reduce the number of complimentary passes drastically this time but we don’t have any other option.”
Highlighting the prices of the tickets Saikia said,“ The minimum price of the ticket would be Rs 500 this time and those tickets are only for the student. Other prices are Rs 1250, Rs 1750, Rs 2000, Rs 2500, Rs 4000 and Rs 4500.
The ACA will also sold 33 corporate boxes, 24 at the South stand and 9 at the North stand. The prices of each box of the South stand would be Rs 5.5 lakh while same at the North stand is Rs 6.5 lakh.
The media briefing was also attended by the acting president and the secretary of the ACA Niloy Dutta and Pradip Buragohain respectively.
Dutta said, “Both the team will arrive in Guwahati on October 17 to play the first game of the series. We have invited former captain of Indian cricket team Saurav Ganguly and he will present at the stadium as a guest of honour.”
Meanwhile Dutta today made it clear that the new constitution of ACA was formed in accordance with the Supreme Court’s verdict and the alligation raised against it by a section of the former crickets and cricket organisers is totally baseless. He also added, “ It will be soon be placed at the website.”