How to buy tickets : Australia in India : Test match at Mohali & Bangalore + one day at Kochi, Vizag & Goa : October 2010.
Australia play 2 test match in India this October 2010 (at Mohali and Bangalore) which will be followed by a short series of 3 one day internationals (at Kochi, Vishakhapatnam and Goa). (view schedule) Question is, how can fans buy or book tickets for these five high profile cricket matches? Watching cricket at an Indian venue is once in a life time chance for several tourists but where to reserve the seats, what are the price of tickets and how to get to the stadium? Fact : Board for cricket control in India (BCCI) has a rotation policy of allocating matches to state boards who in turn sell match tickets for a home game. BCCI has nothing to do with how fans can buy tickets and hence they don't arrange for an online process either..
Situation is sad but if you're determined to watch India vs Australia cricket match at the stadium this October 2010, have patience, be resilient and read me out. Each state board releases information on how local and international fans can buy tickets for the cricket match at their venue around a fortnight in advance (sometimes less than a week earlier if demand is very high as most tickets are sold internally).
Fans traveling from Australia have a life saving set up of overseas tours from cricket australia who arrange a trip to everywhere their team plays. Aussie supporters can avoid all the hassles and contact their board to set up their month long cricket tour this October.
Fans from other parts of world as well as my dear Indians have to keep track of this article where we'll be updating all the latest information we get. Generally, bank branches and other outlets sell the tickets. meanwhile, here's all the information we've till date = August 2010.
India v Australia, 1st test, Mohali : 1-5 October 2010Central bank of India branches in and around Mohali will sell tickets for Australia's practice match against Board President XI, at a very cheap rate. Almost certainly, 1st test tickets will also be available here as well as at the stadium counters. Since it's a test match, it's never house full.
Address = Punjab cricket association stadium, Mohali, Chandigarh, India. Postal address = Punjab Cricket Association, PCA Cricket Stadium, Sector - 63, SAS Nagar, Mohali - 160059. Phone number = +91-172-2232300/1/2. Email = email@example.com. Official website = www.cricketpunjab.com.
Note : Kyazoonga.com often sells tickets for matches at Mohali, so keep track.
India v Australia, 2nd test, Bangalore : 9-13 October 2010www.bookmyshow.com will sell tickets for this second test (select sports menu). Ticket price = Rs 400 for North stand and D stand in West stands, Rs 250 for C stand. stands P2 & T are priced at Rs 2000 Rs 1000 per ticket with food and tea included. Fans can get their tickets delivered to their Bangalore address from 1st October onwards at extra charge of Rs 40. Tickets can also be collected from stadium counters, between 8am to 7pm.
Address = K.S.C.A. Office, Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore - 560 001. Contact number = +91 80 40154015 & 22864487. Fax = 91-080-22863490. Email = KSCA@cricketkarnataka.com. Official website = www.cricketkarnataka.com.
India v Australia, 1st ODI, Kochi : 17 October 2010Tickets will be sold at Federal Bank outlets, from 7 October onwards. Price of tickets are : Rs 300 for regular gallery seats (Rs 200 for Students, Women & club members). 20,000 such seats are available. Also, Rs 500 for a ticket for Upper Tier (20,000 of them), Rs 2000 for Down Tier (2,000 of them), Rs 3000 per seat in Down tier which is next to players dressing room (1300 available) and Down (air conditioned) for Rs 5000 (600 available).
Stadium address = KCA complex, T C-24/131 (1), Sasthamkovil road, Thycaud, Thiruvananthapuram, Kaloor Ernakulam, Kerala - 695014. Telephone = +91- 9605003233. Email = firstname.lastname@example.org. Official website = www.keralacricketassociation.com.
India v Australia, 2nd ODI, Vizag : 20 October 2010Newly renamed as YSR Rajasekhara Reddy ACA VDCA stadium, this 25,000 capacity stadium will host second game, as day-night encounter. It will be third one day international at the venue ever and I've been relaiably informed that E-seva centers sell the tickets. Some news of UCO bank selling the tickets in and around Vishakhapatnam city but official word is awaited..
India v Australia, 3rd ODI, Goa : 24 October 2010Tickets to be sold online through Federal bank website from 1st October as well as at the Federal bank's branches at Panjim, Mapusa, Margao and Ponda. Ticket rates are Rs 2500 (1000 in total, South stand) and Rs 1500 (3000 in total, North stand) and Rs 500 (5,000 in total, East stand) while 180 seats are reserved for handicapped and senior citizens at minimal price of Rs 500, on first come first served basis. These tickets can be bought at stadium counters on presentation of identify proof. Capacity of stadium is 25,815 but only 9,180 tickets will be sold for general public as 14,320 will be complimentary passes while 1,915 seams will be given away as official passes to Goa cricket association members. Both Indian and Australian team will be staying at hotel Taj Exotica, Benaulim. This 3rd and final one day match will be played at Fatorda stadium near the city of Margao in the Salcete district of South Goa.