With the sale of tickets for One-day International Match between India and England ending on Friday, the branches of Federal Bank across the state witnessed large queues.
According to Kerala Cricket Association (KCA) officials, over Rs 13 lakh was collected from ticket sale. The tickets for AC cubicle have already been sold out. There was a huge demand for vantage and premium Chair tickets too.
Of the total 1,450 vantage chair and 2,500 premium chair seats, almost 60 percent have been sold out. There were takers for the Ordinary Chair and Gallery tickets too.
According to KCA officials, the remaining tickets are expected to be sold out during the last three days. A stall to sell them will start functioning near the Jawaharlal Nehru International Stadium from Saturday till Monday.
The stall will have four counters.
From Saturday, the tickets will be available only through the stall and the Palarivattom branch of Federal Bank.
“However, the ticket sale on Tuesday, the day of the match, will be only through the Palarivattom branch of the bank in view of the security measures,” said KCA president T C Mathew.
According to T C Mathew, the preparation for the match is in final stages.
“We are now making arrangements for the arrival of the players. Preparations are on to ensure their accommodation. The dressing room is also being decked up. Preparations are almost over. The process of preparing the pitch will continue till Tuesday,” Mathew added.
He said that as of now England Cricket Board chairman Giles Clarke, Sandeep Patil, chairman of selectors, Chief Minister Oommen Chandy and ministers of state have confirmed their arrival.
A person can buy only five tickets. Children, irrespective of their age, should have tickets for entry. Gates would be open three hours before the match.
The ticket sale started on January 5. The online ticket sale closed on Thursday.