As the upcoming five-match One-day International series between hosts India and visitors Australia will kick start on September 17, the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) in its latest committee of the executive meeting has finalized the ticket rates for the first ODI which is scheduled at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.
However, a senior member in the TNCA revealed the state cricket association is bound to get the amount which would be free from the taxes, as he further believes the fresh set of laws has left them to accept the regulations.
Interestingly, the price has gone up to 53 percent extra owing to the entertainment tax.
“Our hands are tied as we are forced to impose the entertainment tax under the new regulations. However, this is the gross amount and TNCA will only get the money without the taxes,” one of the members from TNCA was quoted as saying by TOI.
Pertinently, the steep rise in the ticketing rates has angered the die-hard fans back home after the Government of India (GoI), has decided to make Goods and Services Tax (GST) obligatory in the country.
The revised prices for the terrace seats were extended from INR 10,000 to 16,000 including the box seating arrangement.
“We had a lot of discussion on how we can reduce the burden on the spectators. And this is the best solution we could arrive at,” senior official of TNCA added.
Moreover, upper tier rates have gone to INR 8,000 after INR 5,000, as the lower stands modification would see the spectators shelling out RS 1200 after INR 750.
“The ticket prices are different for different stands. But these are the basic ticket prices,” the TNCA representative maintained.
However, during the committee meeting, the Annual General Meeting (AGM) date was deferred, as the members of the TNCA Association decided they are keenly observing the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BBCI), for the process owing to the Lodha Panel recommendations.
“We will see how things unfold in the BCCI before deciding on the AGM date,” the member remarked.
Coming to the conclusion, the official revealed there is plenty of time left to announce the all-important date.
“We still have a month’s time. So there is no hurry,” concluded the official.
As Australia is scheduled to land in India on September India, the Steven Smith-led side is bound to feature in the warm-up fixture before wrestling with Men in Blue led by Virat Kohli.
The final ODI will be played at the historic Eden Gardens ground in Kolkata, before the three-match Twenty20 series will kick start from October 7 at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.
The final match of the limited-overs series will be held at Guwahati’s Nehru Stadium in Assam.