The Cricket Association will refund the cost of the Day 4 and Day 5 tickets for the Pink Ball Test between India and Bangladesh. The ‘Pink Ball’ Test at the Eden Garden in Kolkata was finished within three days.
As India’s maiden Day/Night Test got over in less than three days, the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) has decided to refund fans who bought tickets for the fourth and fifth days.
The match has ended in just over two days with India winning by an innings and 46 runs in Kolkata on Sunday.
“The process of refunding the amounts for Day 4 and Day 5 Tickets has started. Messages would be sent to the fans who have bought online tickets,” the CAB has said in a statement.
The CAB has promised to also work out a mechanism for a refund of tickets sold offline once its offices reopen on Tuesday.
“CAB has always stood by the cricket-loving people and has tried its best to provide them with the best of facilities. This time too, there would be no exception. It is our moral duty to refund amounts of the tickets for the last two days where no game is being played at all,” CAB secretary Avishek Dalmiya said.
The rule that there is no refund if a ball has been bowled in the match would not be applicable for this match for the specific days where no game took place. Tickets were sold on a daily basis and ranged between ₹50, ₹100 and ₹150.
“We are much thankful to the spectators for turning up in huge numbers on each of the days. It was delightful to see people come to the ground even when they knew not much game was remaining on Day 3.
“We would also like to take this opportunity to express our sincere gratitude to BCCI and its president Sourav Ganguly for taking this initiative to bring back the interest of the people to Test cricket. After the end of the game, one can easily vouch that cricket was the real winner,” the CAB stated.
All the action days of the marquee clash witnessed sell-out crowd and the opening day’s play was witnessed, by among others, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina, legends such as Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid besides Olympic stars like PV Sindhu, shooter Abhinav Bindra, and boxer MC Mary Kom.