First the good news. Ticket prices for the October 23 ODI between India and Australia have been slashed by 30 to 50 per cent.
However, what may upset many fans is that tickets will only be available at counters of the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi and not online like the T20 ties.
State cricket outfit president Amitabh Choudhary said the two-day marketing window would open on October 18. “If need arises, we may think of extending the selling period by another day. There will be adequate number of counters. One will be reserved for women,” he told mediapersons on Thursday.
Choudhary further said that tickets had been priced rationally to suit every pocket.
According to the rate chart, upper and lower tiers of Wing A will cost Rs 1,000 and Rs 1,200 as opposed to Rs 1,200 and 1,500 earlier. Similarly, upper and lower tiers in Wing B can be booked at Rs 1,200 and 1,500 instead of Rs 1,500 and 2,000, respectively. Ticket prices in Wings C and D have taken a cut too (see box).
In the north pavilion, the minimum rate is Rs 3,000 (with hospitality) and maximum Rs 15,000 (with hospitality). In the south pavilion, the rates are Rs 2,000 and Rs 8,000.
“Ticket prices have been reduced primarily to draw crowds. During the first ODI, we could manage with higher rates because international cricket was happening in Jharkhand after seven years. Now, in less than 10 months, seven matches have been held. So, we can’t afford to act pricey.,” a JSCA official said.
“During the match against England, galleries were sold out, but premium tickets like the Rs 10,000 spice box had remained largely vacant. The new pricing is people-friendly,” he further explained.
The organising committee on Thursday held a meeting to fine-tune arrangements for the ODI, including housekeeping and security.
“We have successfully hosted a one-day tie and two IPL and five CLT20 matches since the debut of the world-class stadium in Dhurwa. The meeting focussed on some areas that need improvement like cleanliness, power back-up, security protocol etc,” he added.
The two teams are expected to drop anchor in the capital on October 20 and will leave the city four days later.
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