Mumbai: Of the 33,000 tickets available for Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and final Test at the Wankhede Stadium here, the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) will reportedly sell only 5000 of those. But the online sale, which began at 11 a.m. on Monday, didn't take off smoothly as the website selling the tickets crashed.
Kyazoonga.com had been hired for the online sale, but as soon as it began, an expected mad rush for the tickets made it impossible for most to access the website. Kyazoonga officials, however, had said that they have made elaborate arrangements to avoid any such hiccups.
But barring a lucky few, most Tendulkar fans will be left disappointed as the MCA will be opening less than 20 per cent of Wankhede's total capacity to the general public.
Reports suggest 17,000 of the tickets will be distributed to cricket clubs affiliated to the MCA and at least 8,000 will be given as 'complimentary' to sponsors and government bodies. In fact, in addition to the 60 corporate and VIP boxes, even a section of the press box will be reserved for VVIPs.
It will be the first and now also the last time that Tendulkar's mother will be present to watch his son at the ground. Also Tendulkar's childhood coach Ramakant Achrekar is expected to be present at the ground for the last match of his celebrated pupil.
The Test begins November 14. India won the first Test at Kolkata by an innings and 51 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the two-Test series.