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Barabati online tickets selling like hotcakes

 Amid confusions over the forthcoming India-England ODI series due to administrative crises in BCCI and OCA, online tickets for the January 19 encounter to be played here at Barabati Stadium are selling like hotcakes.

        Out of some 8,310 stadium tickets earmarked to be sold online, at least 8,182 tickets have already been sold by Thursday, leaving only 128 high-value tickets unsold after the end of third day of online ticket selling.

      While all the available online tickets of galleries, special enclosures, new pavilion and AC box were sold by Thursday, only 72 of the Corporate Box tickets — priced at Rs 8000 — were booked during the past three days. Online ticket selling shall continue till January 15.

      Meanwhile, the picturesque Barabati Stadium here is being readied in war footing manner to host the second encounter of the five-match series. “Work in the galleries, outfield and pitch of the stadium are in progress accordingly for the match day,” said OCA chief executive officer BK Naik adding that the administrative preparedness is also in progress.

       The match organising committee chairman and Cuttack City legislator Debashis Samantray also expressed confidence saying: “Like in the past, the ODI at Barabati Stadium this time will also be a grand success with the help and assistance of the former OCA executive members, who relinquished their posts recently.”

        All the elected executive members of the OCA council, including the president, secretary and treasurer relinquished their respective posts on Wednesday against the backdrop of Justice Lodha Committee recommendations and the Supreme Court’s recent action against the BCCI bosses.


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