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32 cricket matches scheduled this season

- Ranchi, coal hub & steel city to play host

Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has allotted as many as 32 matches to Jharkhand in its new 2012-2013 calendar, scheduling a host of trophies, including Ranji, in the cities of Ranchi, Dhanbad, Bokaro, Chaibasa and Jamshedpur.

The much awaited cricket fest will commence in October. Jamshedpur will host five matches — two Ranji, two CK Nayudu Trophy (U-25) and one Cooch Behar U-19 Trophy ties. The other two cities where Ranji matches will be played at the state capital and coal capital.

Ranchi and Dhanbad will also host matches under the Women’s T20 Inter-state Championship League (East Zone) and Women’s Inter-state One-Day Championship, respectively.

Jamshedpur’s Keenan Stadium will host Jharkhand’s Ranji tie versus Assam from November 9 to 12. The ground will also see the state Ranji team taking on Goa from November 17 to 20 and two U-25 matches, Jharkhand versus Andhra Pradesh and Jharkhand versus Hyderabad).

The steel city has also been chosen to host a lone under-19 tie between Jharkhand and Bengal from December 15-18.

Ranchi, on the other hand, will see state Ranji players taking on Himachal Pradesh from November 24-27, with the action later shifting to Dhanbad where the Jharkhand boys will lock horns with Andhra Pradesh from December 15 to 18.

For Jharkhand, the away Ranji matches is scheduled to be played in Jammu, Agartala, Kerala and Delhi.

“We will start sprucing up Keenan for the BCCI matches shortly. We will definitely make the ground match fit,” said an official of Tata Steel’s sports department, which maintains the stadium.

The Vinoo Mankad Trophy (U-16) tie between Jharkhand and Bengal will be played at Bokaro (December 12-14) with state boys later taking on Tripura in the same championship at Chaibasa, district headquarters of West Singhbhum, from December 17 to 19.

The matches that have been allotted to Dhanbad in the new cricketing season include a U-25 Jharkhand versus Chhattisgarh tie from November 9 to 12 and a U-19 face-off between the state and the Tamil Nadu boys from December 29 to January 1. Ranchi has been picked to host a lone under-25 match between Jharkhand and Assam on November 2-5.

Cricketing action for women will mainly be concentrated in Ranchi and Dhanbad with both e cities scheduled to host as many as 10 matches each under the Women’s T20 Inter-state Championship League and Women's Inter-state One-Day Championship.

“We want to organise all the tournaments in a professional manner. Chaibasa has been hosting BCCI matches for the past two seasons and we are keen to develop it as a regular venue,” a Jharkhand State Cricket Association functionary told The Telegraph.


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