India Vs Australia: Heavy rush in offline ticket sales in Visakhapatnam

Offline tickets sale for the second ODI match began on Tuesday

By Newsmeter Network  Published on  14 March 2023 11:33 AM GMT
Dr YSR ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium

People in queue lines at the Dr YSR ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium, in Visakhapatnam, as offline ticket sale begins. 

Visakhapatnam: As the offline tickets sale for the second One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia began, heavy rush was witnessed on Tuesday at the centres in Visakhapatnam. The match is scheduled to be held in Visakhapatnam on 19 March.

Andhra Cricket Association (ACA) has set up three centres at the B ground of Dr YSR ACA-VDCA International Cricket Stadium, GVMC Indira Municipal Stadium, and Rajiv Krida Pranganam in Gajuwaka. Cricket fans who are excited to get at least one ticket were seen waiting in the queues since early morning. Not just the youth, women along with their children were seen standing in the queues.

According to ACA secretary Gopinath Reddy, ticket prices range between Rs. 600, Rs. 1,500, Rs. 2,000, Rs. 3,000, Rs. 3,500, and Rs. 6,000. While 70% of the tickets were sold online, 30% were sold offline.

Every ticket has a bar code for ease of entry, seating, and organised movement within the premises. The online ticket sale began on 10 March through Paytm Insider, and in view of high demand, the ACA decided to release only a certain number of tickets per day till 12 March.

To avoid the stampede like situation which happened in September 2022 at the Secunderabad Gymkhana grounds during the ticket sale for the third T20 between India and Australia, the Visakhapatnam city police have deployed police personnel at all the centres. The tickets were given from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. at separate counters.

The first session second of the ODI on 19 March will be from 1.30 p.m. to 5 p.m. and the second session from 5.45 p.m. till the end of the play.

Match after four years

The ODI marks the 17th international cricket match in Visakhapatnam, and it is being played in Visakhapatnam after four years. The last ODI was held in Visakhapatnam on December 2019.

Visakhapatnam has hosted 10 ODIs, two tests, and three T20s. It also hosted a few women’s ODIs and T20s and 14 IPL matches. The Visakhapatnam stadium hosted its first ODI against Pakistan in which Mahendra Singh Dhoni scored his maiden one-day international century (148) in 2005.

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