Chennai, Dec 23 : Even as indian cricketing icon Sachin Tendulkar announced his retirement from One Day Internatiionals, cricket fans, who cherished many of his knocks here turuning out for the country, flocked the M A Chidambaram stadium to buy a seat to watch the first of the three ODI matches between Pakistan and India on December 30.
'We are happy with the huge response. Eighteen thousand tickets have been sold today', the staging Tamil Nadu Cricket Association(TNCA) Secretary Mr Kasi Viswanathan told UNI when contacted. The sale of tickets began at the stadium this morning even as Sachin informed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) of his decision to retire from ODIs in Mumbai.
Coincidentally, Sachin had made his ODI debut against pakistan in 1989 and had since then has called it quits just before the ODI series against that country. Mr Viswanathan said the seating capacity for the match in the Chidambaram stadium for the ODI against Pakistan would be 33,000. Cricket fans were seen sleeping before the ticket counters at the stadium right from last night.
The Chidambaram stadium would be hosting an international game for the first time after th4e T20 game against New Zealand in September this year. India and Pakistan had met at this venue last in a Test match when the latter toured India in 1999. The visitors had won that match by a margin of 12 runs after Sachin who scored a ton, got out stricken by back injury, it may be recalled.