Vishakapatnam, Sep 5: After India's comprehensive 2-0 triumph over New Zealand in the Test series, the tickets for the first T20 have been sold within an hour after opening the sales on Tuesday.
According to sources, the organisers sold 10,000 within an hour, as there are 17,000 tickets available for general public at Dr YS Rajashekhara Reddy ADA VDCA Cricket Stadium in the outskirts of Vishakapatnam.
With a capacity of 27,000 the stadium is hosting the first T20 match between India and New Zealand on Sep 8, Saturday.
There were long queues in the morning, as ticket sales began at 8 am on Tuesday while the crowd had lined up since 4 AM, said MSK Prasad, Director (Operations), Andhra Cricket Association.
There is a lot of hype for the T20s as Yuvraj Singh will be seen in action for the first time after battling a rare germ cell cancer.
"As Yuvraj Singh will make a comeback after battling cancer, the craze is huge. Tickets in the denominations of INR 300, 600 and 1,000 were sold out in first one hour," said the former India Test wicketkeeper.
Though there is a lot of rain due to depression in Bay of Bengal, tickets were sold like hot cakes as he assumes that the clouds clear up by weekend as the clash is scheduled on Saturday.
"We are keeping our fingers crossed. But the good sign is it's a clear weather forecast Saturday," Prasad added.
With super soppers in place, MSK Prasad ensures that even if there is any downpour on the day of the match, within two hours, the ground will be ready as they have recently acquired a ground cover that covers the entire area.
"We have three super soppers put in place. While we have recently acquired a ground cover that can cover the entire field. We are praying to see a good match," he said.