Green Stand already sold out for Sunday
By Sean Devers
With stories and photos of the arrival of Pakistan and West Indies cricket teams to Guyana
on Monday publicized in the News yesterday sparked a marked increase on tickets by yesterday afternoon with tickets for Sunday’s game being the most sold so far.
West Indies and Pakistan face-off in the three-match ODI series at Providence on Friday, Sunday and Tuesday and the matches will be played on the new pitches which curators says will have good pace and bounce and unlike in the past where the low bounce produced low scores, the new surface should be good for batting and good totals are predicted.
The last time Guyanese saw Pakistan in action in an ODI was in 2013 when the first two matches of a five-match was played at Providence with West Indies being bowled out for 98 to lose the opening game by 126 runs before leveling the series with a 37-run win in the second game of the series which was won 3-1 by Pakistan after the third match in St Lucia was tied.
Secretary of the Guyana Cricket Board (GCB) and Director of the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) Anand Sanasie told Kaieteur Sport yesterday that ticket sales have been slow but picked up tremendously by yesterday afternoon.
“After people knew that the teams had arrived, ticket sales increased and I can say that tickets for the Green Stand for the second match on Sunday have already been sold out. I have not had information as yet about the amount sold on-line but I would encourage fans to buy their tickets early so as to avoid the last minute rush and the possible disappointment of getting to the match,” Sanasie said.
Tickets for the Red and Green Stands cost $4,000, while children under 12 years-old will pay $2,000. The cost to enter the Mound is $2,000. Senior Citizens over the age of 60 don’t have to pay for a ticket but get one from the GCB office and must show proper identification to prove their age and the elderly population should take advantage of this policy and support their team.
Sanasie, who had a very busy day rushing from GCB to Providence to check on preparations, expressed satisfaction with the ways things were going leading up to day one of the ODI series.
“Administratively, everything is on target and everyone is working hard to get all that is required for the successful hosting of the series in place before match day,” Sanasie added.
“I am calling on Guyanese to come in large numbers to support the West Indies. We have gotten International cricket here again and if we show the other Territories that we can full the stands and are behind our team, this could help Guyana get more such matches here at a time when every Island has an International venue,” Sanasie disclosed.
The last time ODIs were played in Guyana was in June last year when three games in the Tri-nation series between West Indies, Australia and South Africa were contested at Providence.
Pakistan won the last ODI series against West Indies in the UAE last September 3-nil and the result of this series could ultimately determine if the two-times World Cup Champions will have to play in the qualifiers next year in Bangladesh or have an automatic entry into the 2019 World Cup in England.
West Indies are presently ranked ninth just below Pakistan and only England along with the other top seven team as of September 30 will gain automatic qualification to the next World Cup.
Sanasie, like most others, is anxiously looking forward to see how the new pitches play and is confident that with one day left to the opening day, everything will be in place for another successful hosting by the GCB.
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