India vs Australia: MPCA shuts sale of tickets ahead of the schedule citing overwhelming response from fans

Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) closed the sale of tickets for the third India-Australia ODI to be played in Indore a day ahead of schedule citing rush of fans

PTI, September 19, 2017

Indore: The Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA) on Tuesday closed the sale of tickets for the third India-Australia One Day International to be played in Indore a day ahead of schedule citing rush of fans, a senior official of the cricket body said.

Indian cricket player Rohit Sharma bats during the first one-day international cricket match between India and Australia in Chennai, India, Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017. (AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade)

The demand for tickets is quite high as Indore fans eagerly wait for the much anticipated match. AP

Initially, the sale of tickets was to take place till Wednesday, but a large number of fans turned up at the Holkar stadium since Monday night, forcing MPCA to close the sale on Tuesday, the official said.

The two teams will play the third ODI of the five match rubber on 24 September at the Holkar stadium.

Superintendent of Police (SP), East Zone, Awadhesh Kumar Goswami, said, "Thousands of people, including women and young, girls queued up at the ticket counters after 10 last night as ticket sale was scheduled to start from 10 am today (on Tuesday). Some of the women were in queue throughout the night with their kids."

Speaking at a joint press conference with the MPCA office-bearers, Goswami added, "In view of these circumstances, we did not want to take any risk about the security and convenience of women. Therefore, we asked the MPCA to end the sale of tickets by today (on Tuesday)."

MPCA secretary Milind Kanmadikar said the sale of tickets closed at 5 pm on Tuesday.

He said "20,000 tickets were made available for sale for the ODI at the stadium, which has a capacity to accommodate 28,500 spectators. The demand for tickets is quite high due to the overwhelming response from cricket fans."

MPCA officials said earlier selling of the tickets was scheduled from 18 to 20 September.

Updated Date: Sep 19, 2017

Rank Team Points Rating
1 India 3634 125
2 South Africa 3589 112
3 Australia 3499 106
4 New Zealand 2354 102
5 England 3772 97
6 Sri Lanka 2914 94
Rank Team Points Rating
1 England 5751 125
2 India 5492 122
3 South Africa 3842 113
4 New Zealand 4602 112
5 Pakistan 3279 102
6 Australia 3548 101
Rank Team Points Rating
1 Pakistan 3270 131
2 Australia 1894 126
3 India 3932 123
4 New Zealand 2542 116
5 England 1951 115
6 South Africa 2058 114