IND v ENG: Tickets for first ODI sold out

The Maharashtra Cricket Association has announced that tickets for the first One-Day International cricket match between India and England, scheduled for January 15 have been sold out.

The last time an ODI was played at the MCA Stadium was the India-Australia encounter on October 13, 2013.   -  VIVEK BENDRE

The Maharashtra Cricket Association has announced that tickets for the first One-Day International cricket match between India and England, scheduled for January 15 have been sold out.

Ticket sales for the day-night fixture, to be played at MCA’s International Stadium in Gahunje, commenced on December 15 and were sold out in 12 days.

As a result of the sell-out, the stadium will have a total capacity of 37,406 in attendance at the game, the second ODI to be hosted at the stadium after a three-year gap, an MCA release said.

The last time an ODI was played at the MCA Stadium was the India-Australia encounter on October 13, 2013.

“This is a great moment for MCA. Among many reasons for this sell-out include the current form of the Indian team, the long gap since the last ODI was played in Pune, the following that the sport has in India and undoubtedly the Punekars,” said MCA President, Ajay Shirke.

England is set to play three ODIs, with the other two scheduled to be played at Cuttack (January 19) and Kolkata (January 22) on their return to the country after the Christmas and New Year break.

Afterwards, the two teams are also set to play three T20 Internationals between January 26 and February 1 at Kanpur, Nagpur and Bengaluru.