No takers for India-England ODI at Wankhede

England are set to play their fourth ODI against India at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium Getty Images

By CricketCountry Staff

Mumbai: Oct 22, 2011

The tickets sales of fourth One-day international match between India and England has been receiving a lukewarm response even after Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has made more tickets available for Sunday’s encounter.

MCA is struggling to get the 32,000-capacity Wankhede Stadium filled after India clinched the series in Mohali.

“Around 21,900 tickets are open for the public after distributing complimentaries to our affiliated clubs, sponsors, government offices and other agencies,” informed MCA treasurer Ravi Savant.

However, first day’s sales didn’t live up to MCA’s expectations. “Only 2300 tickets were sold. But we are expecting the demand to rise in the next two days,” added Savant.

Even MCA-affiliated clubs haven’t taken keen interest in buying them. Out of 7000 tickets only 4535 applications were received on Friday.

“Earlier, matches used to be the clubs’ major source of funds. Now they get a subsidy from the MCA, so the demand has dropped over the years,” said Savant.

According to the sources, exorbitant ticket rates is seen as one of the reasons for less demand. Tickets are priced between Rs 1000 to Rs 20,000 for the fourth ODI.

“Prices like Rs 2000, 3000 and 5,000 are too much. Ideally, it should have been kept between Rs 500 to Rs 2,500,” said a source.

Another reason for less demand could be the clash with Diwali.

“Diwali is the biggest festival on the Indian calendar. So, people prefer to stay home and celebrate instead of coming for a match. Even top cricketers are missing from action,” an MCA official said.