The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is set to drop the idea of selling tickets for the second Test, Sachin Tendulkar's 200th and last game, against the West Indies (November 14-18) online.
"The tickets, in all probability, will be sold only across the counter," Vinod Deshpande, MCA treasurer, told HT. "We plan to have it at our ticket window at the Mumbai Hockey Association (adjoining the Wankhede). If needed, we may sell them at the Islam Gymkhana as well."
While it may not take more than a few hours for the sold-out board to come out, the MCA has demarcated a three-day period.
"The tickets should go on sale on the morning of November 11. It just needs to be confirmed in our meeting on Wednesday," said Deshpande.
There are valid reasons to not sell the tickets online. "Since there will be tremendous interest, the website selling the tickets is likely to crash," he explained.
"A lot of people who have paid also may not get the tickets. Plus, the tickets that go unsold are returned to us at the last minute by the website. Thus, we do not want to leave any scope for the tickets being sold in black."
The only issue the MCA will have to guard against is the possibility of fans taking to violence. "We will have to ask for extra security for sure. We will ensure nothing untoward happens. We may also have metal railings instead of the wooden ones for the queues," said Desphande.
For the public, 4500 tickets are expected to be on sale. "They will include the 2000 (Rs 10000 each) tickets for NRIs. But locals who want those tickets can request the MCA in writing," said Deshpande. "We will not give more than two tickets per person and bunch of tickets will only be given to big corporates."
The career graph of Tendulkar's illustrious Test career is likely to grace the roof of the Wankhede. HT understands it will include events from the Master's career such as landmark centuries, matches and victories.