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jeaphy123
Post subject: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 14:49 on 28th Feb 2012

Joined: 14:47 on 28th Feb 2012
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Hi,

How easy is it to buy match day tickets locally at short notice in India ?
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Maidenover
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 15:09 on 28th Feb 2012

Joined: 09:13 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Varies from ground to ground, but not usually a problem for test matches ... other than some level of bureaucracy which will be introduced to involve finding where they're actually on sale at (some bank maybe, not on a certain day, maybe the day before the day's play ... kind of thing)
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blueandy1mac
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 15:55 on 28th Feb 2012

Joined: 12:30 on 14th Jul 2008
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Location: Preston UK
Unless as MO indicates they are only on advanced sale at some obscure bank, just rock up and buy on the day.
Sadly the days of big test match crowds look to be over in India, until either
A) Sachin is batting with a chance of his 100th ton
B) They look like winning and its at least the 4th day.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 14:32 on 29th Feb 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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Getting your hands on a ticket can be one of the many hassles involved in touring India. It's not that Test tickets are massively in demand, it's just that you can rarely buy them direct from the ground on the day. As others have mentioned, usually they're sold in places like banks, often several km from the ground, and sometimes not even open until after play has started! There are no hard and fast rules, since the BCCI leave ticketing arrangements to the local cricket associations.

For those reasons, if you don't want to miss any play, I would recommend getting your ticket the day before (or get someone else to get you one) where possible.
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SurreyBob
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 23:00 on 8th Mar 2012

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Must admit I have always bought tickets at the ground at Mumbai Chennai and Chandigargh so i guess it depends on location. They will be plentiful and cheap though
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 00:12 on 9th Mar 2012

Joined: 09:14 on 23rd Apr 2008
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SurreyBob Wrote:
Must admit I have always bought tickets at the ground at Mumbai Chennai and Chandigargh so i guess it depends on location. They will be plentiful and cheap though


Last time I was in Chandigarh (Mohali) I bought from the Punjab Cricket Association offices at the ground the day before. I wasn't there the last time we played there though, and there were reports of many people having to go to a bank several km away, and by the time they made it through the security cordons they'd missed most of the morning session. BTW, in 2001 we gathered outside the ground and about 20 minutes before play started a bloke turned up and started selling tickets out of the boot of a car! No doubt when we go back next time they'll have thought up some other ingenious/eccentric system.
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bishbash
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 09:31 on 2nd Apr 2012

Joined: 12:03 on 4th Jul 2011
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How many Indians do you normally get watching a test v England? say as a % of the ground (and also what total attendance would you expect - England and Aus?). I can imagine it would be great fun watching cricket out there with loads of locals cheering on tendles and co,, and perhaps a bit of banter, but think i've read recently not so many turn up. Is that true?

Also are the toilets as bad as I'm thinking? Want to take the missus, but not if the toilets are awful.
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Big Harvey
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 17:51 on 2nd Apr 2012

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bishbash Wrote:
How many Indians do you normally get watching a test v England? say as a % of the ground (and also what total attendance would you expect - England and Aus?). I can imagine it would be great fun watching cricket out there with loads of locals cheering on tendles and co,, and perhaps a bit of banter, but think i've read recently not so many turn up. Is that true?

Also are the toilets as bad as I'm thinking? Want to take the missus, but not if the toilets are awful.


Contrary to popular perception, some grounds in India do get big crowds for Tests when the right ticketing policy is in place. Nagpur and Ahmedabad (assuming the venues are correct) are not among them though!

Indian crowds are notoriously fickle - grounds can fill up when the local hero (or Sachin) comes in to bat, and empty just as quickly when he's out. At Nagpur and Ahmedabad, the authorities seem to have been making efforts to get more people in, and I'm pretty sure I spotted a half decent crowd of about 15,000 on TV at a game recently in Ahmedabad. Even that's not even half full though. At Nagpur they've also had a bit of a drive to get people along, and crowds there have climbed from virtually zero to maybe three or four thousand. The problem with both grounds is that they're a bit out of the way. The ground at Nagpur is miles out of town. This does not suit the subcontinental way of watching Test cricket, which is to grab half a day off work to watch a session or two.

I would expect big crowds in Kolkata and Mumbai, once again as long as the ticket prices are right. In 2006 some sections of the ground in Mumbai did sell out, but at the smaller Brabourne Stadium where we played last time, the crowd looked a bit disappointing.

As far as toilets go, it depends on the venue and what part of the ground you're in. In the premium areas expect European-style WC's and urinals, which may even be clean. In the cheap areas expect things to be a bit rougher. You may get squat toilets, and the water supply may not be as reliable. There's not guaranteed to be paper, but using the local method of sluicing with water is more effective at getting you clean in any case. Lack of soap in the washrooms is a common complaint. Bring antiseptic wipes.
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Rampage
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 13:38 on 9th Apr 2012

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I'm seriously considering doing the Kolkata test match at least this winter. This will only be my second tour, having been to the MCG and SCG alas in 2006/7 a trip to Eden Gardens is a must for me. Out of interest how much approximately are test match tickets in India? Whether I do two test matches depends on the itinerary.
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Richard
Post subject: Re: Obtaining Test Match tickets in India
PostPosted: 14:58 on 9th Apr 2012

Joined: 22:35 on 18th Nov 2008
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Rampage Wrote:
I'm seriously considering doing the Kolkata test match at least this winter. This will only be my second tour, having been to the MCG and SCG alas in 2006/7 a trip to Eden Gardens is a must for me. Out of interest how much approximately are test match tickets in India? Whether I do two test matches depends on the itinerary.


In 2008 it was 1000 rupees for the entire match in Chennai, and 500 rupees in Chandigarh, which is about £15 and £7.50 respectively.

Anyone's guess what they'll charge this time round though.
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