Chic cricket venue in Indian State Jharkhand


India Jharkhand new cricket stadium Image: India Today

The Jharkhand State Cricket Association (India) has inked a deal with the Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL), a unit of Steel Authority of India Limited (SAIL) (one of the largest steel-making companies in India) for transfer of land to construct an international cricket stadium on the outskirts of Bokaro in Jharkhand (a State in India).

The ‘Telegraph India’ stated that the Jharkhand State Cricket Association, which is affiliated to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), plans to construct the stadium in the next four years, in the process becoming the first cricket body in the Eastern region of India to have three cricket stadia. Jharkhand already has a 45,000-capacity international cricket stadium at Ranchi (City in Jharkhand) and the 19,000-capacity Keenan Stadium in Jamshedpur (City in Jharkhand) (owned by Tata Steel), which has also hosted one-day internationals.

The Jharkhand State Cricket Association is the governing body of cricket activities in the Jharkhand State of India and the Jharkhand cricket team. It is affiliated to the cash-rich Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Dr Nafees Akhtar is the current President of Jharkhand State Cricket Association.

Mumbai-headquartered the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the governing body for cricket in India and is under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports, Government of India. The Board was formed in December 1928 as a Society, registered under the Tamil Nadu Societies Registration Act.

The ‘Telegraph India’ quoted Jharkhand State Cricket Association Secretary Sanjay Sahay as stating, “The stadium will boast of international standards with a sitting capacity of 25,000. We hope to complete the construction work in three-four years time.”

Recently, the Jharkhand State Cricket Association entered into a lease agreement with SAIL-BSL for transfer of land to construct the arena at Balidih, around 10 km from Bokaro City near National Highway 23 and 5 km from the Bokaro Railway Station.

Informed a BSL spokesperson, “The agreement entails transfer of 20.17 acres of land by SAIL-BSL to the Jharkhand State Cricket Association at Bokaro on long-term lease initially for 33 years, with the provision for further renewals as per the SAIL Board-approved guidelines and other necessary approvals. The said land is located in the erstwhile mouza Narkara to the South of National Highway 23 and Southwest of existing Visthapit College.”

The lease agreement was signed in the presence of SAIL-BSL Director In-Charge Amarendu Prakash, former BCCI Secretary and former International Cricket Council (ICC) Director Amitabh Choudhary, Jharkhand State Cricket Association President Dr Nafis Akhtar, Sahay, and several other sports functionaries.

A request for allotment of land for construction of the cricket stadium in Bokaro was received by SAIL-BSL from the Jharkhand State Cricket Association in January 2018. The proposal was put up for approval before the SAIL Board and the Union Steel Ministry. After obtaining necessary approvals and clearances, all other formalities prior to signing the lease agreement were completed by both the parties.

Prakash termed the signing of the agreement as a proud moment for all – “The proposed international cricket stadium at Bokaro will facilitate grooming of local cricketing talent.”

Choudhary told newsmen that the proposed stadium at Bokaro will be state-of-the-art in terms of facilities and will have a seating capacity of around 25,000. Further activities for construction of the stadium will now be taken up by the Jharkhand State Cricket Association.

Informed Choudhary, “Construction of the stadium will start tentatively from July and will be completed in a record time of less than four years as it happened in the case of the Jharkhand State Cricket Association International Stadium in Ranchi.”

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