Cricket stadium to play social innings

Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) will enter a new innings of community service, its president Amitabh Choudhary told the media in Ranchi on Wednesday.

"Medical and educational facilities to citizens such as X-ray, MRI scan, ultrasound and other diagnostic services at nominal charges will be provided at the JSCA stadium in Ranchi on a no-profit and no-loss basis," said Choudhary.

He added that nominal charges levied would be solely to maintain equipment and pay salaries to medical staff.

JSCA also plans to set up a coaching cradle for medicine and engineering aspirants. "We are in talks with institutes who want to set up a base at the stadium. We will provide them space for classes," the JSCA boss said.

Choudhary recently took voluntary retirement from state police service to pursue a career in politics besides discharging his duties as JSCA president. Community service, in that context, is a way to score support among masses.

The news meet also threw light on the Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament scheduled to take place in Ranchi from March 25 onwards.