BCCI had earlier decided that no fans would be allowed in the Punjab Cricket Association stadium, Mohali for the first test match between India and Sri Lanka, which is also former Indian captain Virat Kohli’s 100th test match. The decision was taken keeping in mind that the state was going through assembly elections.
But, Virat Kohli’s fans ran a campaign on social media expressing their deep unhappiness about the fact that they were not being given the opportunity to witness such a historical occasion. There have been very few Indian players who have managed to play 100 test matches in their career and now that Virat has reached the landmark, the fans wanted crowd entry to be allowed in the PCA stadium.
BCCI eventually decided to respect the sentiment of the fans and just a couple of days ahead of the test match, it was announced that the tickets would be put on sale and 50% crowd would be allowed for the 100th test match of Virat Kohli. BCCI also released video tributes for the former captain and invited dignitaries to attend the game. BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, who was in London, took a flight to reach India to attend the game in time.
Long queue seen outside ticket counter one day ahead of Virat Kohli’s 100th test
Today, a senior journalist Anand Vasu uploaded a picture of the long queue of the fans outside the ticket counter of PCA stadium where they were trying to buy the offline tickets for the game. The tickets are available online as well and most of the fans, in or outside Mohali, have booked online tickets to watch the former Indian captain Kohli in action in his 100th game.
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Mohali, historically, doesn’t have the reputation of attracting a huge crowd for test matches. The white ball international games or the IPL games attract full house at this venue, but not the test matches. However, for Virat Kohli’s 100th test match, there is believed to be a crowd in excess of 12,000 spectators tomorrow.