India vs England: SCA begins online sale of tickets; makes grand preparations for Rajkot's debut Test
The Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) has made elaborate preparations for the first ever Test to be played in the city.
Rajkot: The Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) has made elaborate preparations for the first ever Test to be played in the city.
The first Test between India and England of the five match rubber, will be played at the SCA stadium Khandheri, between 9 to 13 November.
"All the preparation have been completed for the historic test match, which is the first to be hosted by SCA," association's media manager Himanshu Shah told PTI.
"SCA has started online selling of tickets from 16 October and is going to open counters in the city in next couple of days for tickets selling," Shah said.
"The rates of the tickets have been fixed and South Stand box is the costliest with Rs 1,50,000 for 15 people, while West Stand box rates is Rs 75,000 for 15 people", Shah said.
He also said South Stand ticket rates are Rs 5000 and Rs 2000 followed by East Stand where the rates are Rs 700, Rs 600 and Rs 500 per person.
The ticket rates for West Stand are Rs 1,500 and 1,200 respectively.
The SCA has already sent an invitation to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Gujarat Chief Minister Vijay Rupani, along with former Saurashtra players, who played for the national side for the Test.
In the past, the Association has hosted 12 ODIs between 1986 to 2009 at Rajkot Municipal Corporation-owned Madhavrao Scindia Cricket ground.
India team is scheduled to arrive here on 5 November, and would be stayed at Imperial Hotel, while the visiting team would be reaching here on 6 November, and they would be given accommodation at ITC Fortune hotel, Shah added.
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