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Huge Indian contingent expected in Adelaide for Indo-Pak WC clash

November 11, 2014 15:23 IST

The South Australian government is expecting around 20,000 Indian travellers for the marquee clash of the 2015 World Cup between India and Pakistan scheduled at the revamped Adelaide Oval on February 15.

 An Indian supporter waves the national flag during the super eight match between Pakistan and India held at R. Premadasa Stadium on September 30, 2012 in Colombo, Sri Lanka The general tickets were sold out in 12 minutes for the mouthwatering match at the 50,000 plus capacity stadium but fans still can buy holiday and business packages, said John Rau, Deputy Premier of South Australia.

"We have just completed a new stadium at Adelaide, a great venue for cricket and we are very excited to host the India-Pakistan game. It will be a full house with many Indians and Pakistanis living in Australia in attendance along with around 20,000 fans coming from India," Rau told PTI.

The match will be played on day two of the quadrennial event. India have managed a hundred per cent win record against Pakistan in the tournament’s history.

The South Australian government, being the owner of the stadium, is keen to host the match.

"We were very clear that to we wanted to get that game, to have the opportunity of having visitors from that part of the world," said Rau.

"As a government policy we have decided to have greater engagement with India, both cultural and business. We have a 10-year strategy for India and besides culture and trade, we want to promote sports as well," he added.

Four matches are scheduled to be played at the historic ground.

Image: An Indian supporter waves the national flag during the super eight match between Pakistan and India.

Photograph: Pal Pillai/Getty Images

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