Ranchi gets green signal to host maiden international

Satisfied with the facilities and conditions at the Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) Stadium, a three- member English and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) team has okayed the venue for the third India- England One-day International to be held on January 19.

“The ICC has given the green signal to hold the ODI four days ago,” JSCA president Amitabh Choudhary said. The last time Jharkhand hosted an ODI was in 2006, also against England.

“And there is every possibility of Dhoni leading Team India on his home soil for the first time on January 19. I’m also optimistic that Ranchi would be a regular fixture for ODIs,” he said.

At the JSCA managing committee meeting on Sunday, it was decided to constitute several committees for the match.

“The managing committees have decided to constitute 16 committees which will look after various aspects, including security, hospitality, during the match,” said Choudhary.

Choudhary said the name of the chairperson and members of the committees will be announced shortly. The stadium has the capacity to accommodate 40,000 spectators.

The ECB team, comprising its director of cricket operations John Carr, director of security Reg Dickason, and Ian Smith, gave its nod after expressing satisfaction over the infrastructure.

Reading out comments of David Boon, an International Cricket Council match referee and a former Australia Test opener, who visited the JSCA Stadium on October 2, JSCA secretary Rajesh Verma informed that the last phase of work, mainly related to beautification, is underway.

“We are confident that all construction and beautification work will be completed by end of November,” Verma said, adding that the floodlights have also been tested as the match will be a day- night affair.

Verma said that over 500 workers are engaged in beautification, including completion of the canal along the galleries, painting of boxes and the reception area. The 10- foot wide canal is built along the galleries to stop fans from jumping onto the ground.

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