The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has decided to charge a "nominal" fee to watch the Ranji Trophy final between Mumbai and Saurashtra at the Wankhede Stadium, starting January 26.
While stadia across the country allow a free entry for Ranji Trophy matches, the MCA has decided to cash in on the match that is bound to attract a large crowd due to the presence of batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
The MCA announced on its website that tickets for the North Stand/Vijay Merchant Pavilion would be available for Rs 50 a day, while a seat at the Garware Pavilion, bordering the player dressing rooms, will cost Rs 150 per day.
Justifying their reasons for charging fans for the final, MCA joint secretary PV Shetty told the Times of India, "The ticket prices are nominal. We have done this for logistical reasons, since we are expecting a crowd, thanks to Sachin.
"In any case, school children and college students will be allowed in for free after showing their ID-cards," he said.
"We have done this to prevent nuisance which is created by unwanted elements, as we witnessed in the last match played at the Wankhede," said MCA vice-president Vinod Deshpande.
While former India and Mumbai batsman Lalchand Rajput, said that "entry should be made free for all Ranji matches", Ratnakar Shetty, head of operations of the BCCI, said, "I don't want to comment on it... it's the association's prerogative."
First Published: January 25, 2013, 11:38 am