Ticket prices for next month’s one-day international cricket match between India and Australia in Kolkata have been bumped up by more than a quarter due to the country’s new GST tax regime.
The cheapest tickets for the Eden Gardens game were increased by 30 per cent from Rs500 (£6/$7.8/€6.6) to Rs 650 on Saturday due to the new 28-per-cent tax being applied. It had previously been understood that international cricket matches organised by the BCCI would be covered by the 18-per-cent threshold.
GST is a new value added tax levy on the manufacture, sale and consumption of goods as well as services at the national level.
“Ticket prices have remained the same, just the GST has been added,” Sourav Ganguly, president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), told the Indian Express.
Kolkata will also host a Test during Sri Lanka’s tour to India in November. However, GST will not have any effect on the ticket prices of the five-day game.
“Test tickets are sold on a daily basis. It’s Rs.100 tickets, so there’s no GST,” said Ganguly.