Hyderabad Cricket Association witnesses highest Test attendance for England visit

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Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) has achieved its highest ever attendance for a Test match at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, as over 32,000 fans attended day two between India and England. 

The stadium in Uppal has a capacity of 39,000, and also serves as the home of the Indian Premier League (IPL) side, Sunrisers Hyderabad.

England went on to win the first Test by 28 runs, with a further four more scheduled for the series as part of the team’s tour of India. The second Test is set to run from February 2-6, the second from February 15-19, the fourth from February 23-27 and the final Test from March 7-11.

The second match will be held at Dr YSR ACA VDCA Stadium in Visakhapatnam, while the third will be played at Rajkot’s Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium. The fourth Test will take place at JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi, before the series concludes at Dharamsala – the first time the venue has hosted England in a Test match, after the team faced Bangladesh there in the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup.

In a post on X, formerly known as Twitter, HCA president Jagan Mohan Rao Arishnapally said: “That’s a remarkable achievement! Congratulations to the HCA family on the highest Test match attendance in history at RGICS. It’s a testament to the growth and enthusiasm within the community.”

On his own profile, the president revealed that there had been more than 25,000 fans in attendance on the first day, followed by 32,000 on day two, 31,000 on day three and over 30,000 on day four.

“A total of 118,000 passionate Hyderabadis witnessed the first Test match, making history in Indian Test cricket,” Arishnapally said.

Additionally, gate receipts for the Test amounted to over 42,500,000 rupees (£403,372/€473,000/$511,000).