Thiruvananthapuram: The rain-truncated final Twenty20 International between India and New Zealand on Tuesday, the first international tie hosted by Thiruvananthapuram in about three decades, has set the Kerala Cricket Association (KCA)'s cash registers ringing.
The total revenue from the match, which was reduced to eight-overs-a-side or a total of 96 balls after rain delayed proceedings for two-and-a-half-hours, stood at a whopping Rs 5.38 crore. The BCCI payment of Rs 1.5 crore to state associations for hosting an international match will take the total amount to Rs 6.88 crore.
The match held at the Kariavattom Sports Hub in has surpassed all previous records in ticket sales and revenue collections in Kerala cricket, confirmed KCA secretary Jayesh George.
Although the ODIs held in Kochi in the past had witnessed full houses, revenue from ticket sales never crossed the Rs 2-crore mark.
In Thiruvananthapuram, ticket sales were expected to fetch Rs 2. 36 crore, but as the demand rose, the KCA ended up selling tickets worth Rs 2. 91 crore.
According to sources, one of the corporate boxes in the gallery, which had a seating capacity of 15, was picked up by a US-based firm for a hefty Rs 5 lakh.
Around 50 per cent of the available 32,000 tickets was sold online. As per these preliminary figures, tickets sales have generated around Rs 2.5 crore.
The biggest source of the BCCI's income is media rights. The state associations will get their share from broadcast rights along with the annual handout from the parent body.