Sale of India Pakistan match tickets begins today at Guwahati
THE TICKETS for the general public for the forthcoming ODI between India and Pakistan will be on sale from today. Altogether, 17,550 tickets will be available this time and 8,000 of those will be sold in Guwahati through UCO bank’s make shift counter. The rest would be sent to the different districts, which are affilated to the ACA (Assam Cricket Association).
Commenting on the sale of ticket, the treasurer of the ACA Ghanshyam Baruah said that the ACA has decided to allow around 21,000 people to witness the match and only 3,500 of them would go inside with special passes. The others would have to purchase the tickets.
It may be mentioned here that the ACA had taken a decision not to hike the price of the tickets for the students and this time too it would be Rs 150. But the prices of the other tickets have gone up. The minimum price of a general ticket is Rs 500 while the maximum is Rs 4,500. It is expected that the ACA will collect rupees one crore and 17 lakhs from the gate sale, which would be the biggest collection among all the ODIs that have been hosted by the ACA till date.
Baruah also added that keeping in mind the heavy security arrangement, it has been decided to shift the ticket counter from the RG Baruah sports complex, the place of the ticket counter for all the earlier matches, to Latasil ground. “Police and the district administration don’t want to take any risk this time and advised us to shift the counter from the RG Baruah sports complex so that the area don’t become overcrowded and that is why we shifted the counter to Latasil ground,” clarified Baruah.
The counter will start functioning from 10:30 in the morning and will remain open till four o’ clock in the afternoon. The necessary arrangements have already been made to avoid any problems during the sale of the tickets. Baruah said that there would be separate counters for women and students and each person will get only two tickets at a time.
Meanwhile both Pakistan and India will arrive in the city on November 4, to play the first match of the series. Though as per earlier schedule, Pakistan side was supposed to come on November 3, but they have changed their earlier travel plan and now both the sides would be reaching on the same day.
The secretary of the ACA, Bikash Baruah said that Pakistan team will check-in at Brahmaputra Ashok hotel, while the home team would stay at hotel Landmark. The Indian Oil cup, which will be given to the winner of the series, would be unveiled on November 4 in the city and both the captains would attend the function.