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Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA). Image: MCA Website

The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is considering raising ticket prices for the first Twenty20 International (T20I) between India and Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium on January 3 by 10 to 15%.

The decision to implement the ticket cost increase was apparently made at the MCA’s Apex Council meeting on Friday, December 9.

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The price increase is the result of rising expenses and budgets associated with staging an international T20 match.

It should be noted that the higher fee only applies to tickets made available to the general public; the subsidized fares are anticipated to stay the same.

The Times of India was told by a source: “With costs having gone up, the budget for organizing a T20I has increased since then, so we felt a need to increase the ticket prices for the public slightly. The (subsidized) ticket prices for the MCA’s clubs and donors (7,000) will remain the same.”

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The extended home season for the Men in Blue will officially begin with the first T20I between their team and the visiting Sri Lankan team at the Wankhede Stadium. Before the 2023 season of the Indian Premier League, they are set to play four Tests, nine ODIs, and six Twenty20 Internationals between January and March (IPL).

Wankhede Stadium will also host the first ODI between India and Australia in March 2023:

On March 17, 2023, the historic Mumbai stadium will also host the first of three One-Day Internationals (ODI) between India and Australia.

Prior to the COVID-induced closure, the arena hosted its last white-ball game in 2020. The contest was a flop for the hosts, who were defeated by the visiting Australians.

Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai
Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai (Image Credits: Twitter)

The third between India and West Indies in 2019 marks the last occasion the stadium played host to an international T20 contest. Since the resumption of cricket, the Wankhede Stadium has only seen one international fixture in the form of a Test match between the Men in Blue and the Blackcaps in late 2021.

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