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25,000 tickets sold

Calcutta: With the series locked 1-1 after England bounced back in style at the Wankhede, an intriguing encounter could be in store at Eden Gardens that hosts the third Test, beginning Wednesday.

The demand for tickets haven’t really peaked.

“Around 25,000 tickets have been sold so far. So, we expect very few empty seats this time around during a Test match,” Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) treasurer Biswarup Dey said, on Friday.

It was only last year during the India-West Indies second Test that the attendance had probably hit its lowest at the Eden, with the game finishing within four days. At the moment, though, it appears such scenes won’t recur on this occasion, much to the relief of the CAB.

Meanwhile, brimming with confidence after having drawn level in the series, a buoyant England checked in at a city hotel on Friday.

Given the current scenario, it’s Alastair Cook and Co. who carry the momentum thanks to a brilliant turnaround in the previous Test following an abysmal show at the Motera.

The England cricketers looked pretty relaxed while on their way to the team hotel from the Dumdum airport.

Barring their spin-bowing coach Mushtaq Ahmed and batting coach Graham Gooch, all the members of the squad have arrived. Mushtaq and Gooch are likely to reach on Saturday.

“Mushtaq couldn’t be here today due to personal reasons. However, both he and Gooch will join before the team’s first practice session here,” a member of the England contingent said.