India tour of Australia is already setting record of sorts without even bowl being bowled. Huge crowd numbers are expected for this week’s Gillette T20 INTL series between Australia and India, with more than 100,000 tickets already sold and around 130,000 fans tipped to come through the gates.
According to Cricket Australia’s official platform, Gabba the host of first T20 match will pull 30,000 spectators to the ground and the third T20 at Queensland is expected to have 35,000 crowd in the stadium watching the proceedings live. But the highlight of the T20 series will be the Friday’s night game at the MCG, the second match of the three match series. MCG is expected to attract 70,000 cricket fans to the stadium for India-Australia clash. This is the most a T20 International has seen in Australia in last 10 years.
Though, the highest-ever crowd for a single T20 international in Australia is expected to stay protected. The highest crowd attendance for a T20 game in Australia was again at MCG 10 years ago when 84,041 fans watches India-Australia clash. Friday night’s crowd is projected to fall just short of that mark, but a prediction of up to 70,000 fans is a significant uplift from the 58,787 that attended India’s T20I at the MCG two-and-a-half years ago.
The record crowd figure for a single T20I series in Australia is the 138,059 spectators who attended matches in Adelaide, Melbourne and Sydney when India toured three seasons ago, a mark that could be in danger this week based on current crowd projections.
The final crowd on Friday night will depend largely on Melbourne Cricket Club members turning up in large numbers for what will be the first international match at the MCG this summer
Cricket Australia has priced the tickets at $30 for adults, $10 for children and $65 for families.
Wednesday night’s series opener, the first men’s T20I in Brisbane in five-and-a-half years, will see the return of the Pool Deck that has been a feature of Gabba matches for the past two seasons. Fans are encouraged to attend the match in their best pool attire or post a selfie at their pool-ready best using the hashtag #cricketpooldeck for a chance to spend some time at the Pool Deck.
The series between the world’s second and third ranked T20I nations will be welcome preparation for both sides ahead of the ICC World T20 in Australia in two years.
India have won seven of their past eight T20Is against Australia, including a 3-0 series sweep in 2016, and 11 of their past 12 T20Is overall.