India Prime Minister Narendra Modi is set to flip the coin at the toss of the fourth Border-Gavaskar Trophy series at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Reports claim that he will also join the commentary panel along with Australian counterpart Anthony Albanese on Thursday (March 9).
It will be Modi’s first attendance at the stadium for a cricket match since its renovation in 2021. He along with the Australian PM has reached the venue today and will watch the cricket action on Day 1. They will meet the players from both teams at the stadium. At the same time, a cultural program will be organized before the match. Both the PMs are also likely to take a lap of honor around the stadium.
It’s known already that the Narendra Modi Stadium is the largest cricket stadium in the world. It has a seating capacity of 132,000. During PM Modi and Albanese’s visit, over 1.25 lakh people are expected to come, including over 85,000 people to honor the two prime ministers.
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Fans found it hard to get hold of tickets for Day 1 of 4th BGT Test
Reports have emerged that many fans found it hard to buy tickets for the first day’s play. Even Bharat Army, India’s support group in England, is finding it difficult to get the tickets.
“I’m traveling from London with some other friends specifically for this match and have paid a fortune on flights and hotels,” Rakesh Patel, the founder of the Bharat Army told the Times of India. “It’s also shocking that fans have been let down like this with no consideration of the financial impact,” he added.
Many Australians also faced the same problem. Cricket Australia has tweeted about this problem and at the same time, informed the Aussies that they can get the tickets from a special box office, which is being set up at the stadium.
“We are aware some Australian fans have been unable to secure for the first day of the Fourth Test. A box office is being set up at the stadium for Aussie fans to buy tickets,” CA tweeted.
Meanwhile, India have taken an unassailable 2-1 lead in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. India won the first two matches by colossal margins, while Australia bounced back in the third Test in Indore by nine wickets. That win made them the first team to qualify for the 2021-23 ICC World Test Championship. India need to win the third Test to secure themselves a spot at the WTC Final, which is slated to start in June this year at The Oval.
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