As the all conquering Virat Kohli-led Indian Cricket Team is all set to take on Australia at home, the tickets for the first One Day International (ODI) match between the two countries to be played on September 17 would be up for sale for general public from September 10 onwards. The starting price of a ticket is Rs 1,200 and there are tickets priced at Rs 2,400, Rs 4,800 and Rs 8,000, said a media release from the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA). Hospitality box tickets at M A Chidambaram stadium would cost Rs 12,000 each while those for pavilion terrace would be priced at Rs 8,000, the release added further.
Not just offline, the tickets for the first ODI match will also be available online through website – http://www.bookmyshow.com. Lower tier tickets which cost Rs 750 earlier had gone up to Rs 1,200 as TNCA had decided to impose Goods and Services Tax (GST) and Municipality and Entertainment Tax, said TNCA sources informed PTI.
Due to some maintenance glitch, three stands of the stadium (I, J and K) would remain locked out during the match. Chennai would be hosting the first ODIs played against the Aussies who will visit India for 5 ODIs and 3 T20 matches. The first ODI match in Chennai will be followed by ODI matches in Kolkata (September 21), Indore (September 24), Bangalore (September 28) and Nagpur (October 1). The T20 series that follows will start at Ranchi (October 7), Guwahati (October 10) and Hyderabad (October 13).
Visitors would also be playing a practice match on September 12 against a Board President’s XI which features two Tamil Nadu players – M S Washington Sundar and Rahil Shah with former India cricketer Hemang Badani as coach.
Prior to this, Australia had visited India earlier in 2017 for a four-match Test series. They won the first match but went on to lose the second and fourth to lose the series 2-1.