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Kolkata is well-known for its love for sports. Home to one of cricket’s most iconic grounds, Eden Gardens, the vocal crowd has always lent support whenever cricket arrived at the city, even though there is a non-India match. As Australia tour India for a limited-overs series, Kolkata gets to host one of the five One-Day Internationals (ODIs) to be played. However, there was barely any enthusiasm as ticket booking started on Wednesday, an unlikely picture outside the Eden Gardens counter, where generally people queue long hours to ensure they catch the heat of the match live.

Reports kolkata24x7.com, a handful of crowd gathered for the tickets and even if they got their desired seats without much hassle, the pocket pinch hurt them so much so to leave them with a bowed-down face. The ODI, to be played on September 21, is scheduled right before the biggest festival in Kolkata, Durga Puja, which is believed to be one of the biggest reasons for the missing spectators. The other reason is the newly implemented GST. The tickets which cost INR 500, INR 1000 and INR 1500 during the England series now cost INR 650, INR 1300 and INR 1900 respectively, with taxes, which accounts for the lack of interest in purchasing tickets.