In a bid to ensure more spectators mark their presence for India vs Bangladesh second Test match in Kolkata next month, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) on Monday reduced the ticket prices with the minimum of being Rs 50.
Bangladesh cricket team is scheduled to tour India for three T20 Internationals and two Tests in November. The second Test will be played at the Eden Gardens, starting November 22.
The ongoing third Test between India and South Africa in Ranchi has not drawn a lot of spectators to the ground despite it being a part of the ICC World Test Championship. India leads the three-match series 2-0 and is on the verge to complete a whitewash over the Proteas for the first time in Test cricket.
At Eden Gardens, the ticket prices were brought down from 200, 150, 100 to 150, 100 and 50, CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya said after the Apex Council meeting in Kolkata.
“We want more people to come in. That’s why this move,” Dalmiya told reporters. He revealed that there are also plans to give complimentary tickets to junior cricketers of the state.
Meanwhile, the BCCI president-elect Sourav Ganguly has left it to India skipper Virat Kohli to take a call on his availability for the upcoming T20I series against Bangladesh, starting November 3.
There are reports that Kohli, who has played 48 of the last 56 international games across formats, will take rest from the T20s but come back for the two-Test matches in Indore and Kolkata.
“I will meet him on October 24th. I will talk to him like a BCCI president talks to the captain. He is the captain and he can take a call,” Ganguly told reporters at the CAB headquarters.