JSCA president Amitabh Choudhury (right) at the organising committee meeting in Ranchi on Sunday. (Hardeep Singh)
From January 10 to 13, all roads will lead to Ranchi.
Cricket maniacs, queue up before the counters of International Stadium Complex, Dhurwa, to buy tickets to catch Team Mahendra Dhoni take on Team Alistair Cook at the India-England ODI live on January 19.
Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) announced the modalities of the ticket sales on Sunday in the capital after an organising committee meeting on international stadium premises.
“We have divided the galleries into tiers I, II and III, with tickets priced at Rs 2,000, Rs 1,500 and Rs 1,200. Come with cash as we don’t accept plastic money,” said media manager Manoj Kumar.
He added that 25,000 tickets would be up for grabs on first-come, first-serve basis, while 9,000 would be distributed to dignitaries and VIPs from and outside the state. The newly constructed stadium has a capacity of 34,000.
“Let me make it clear that tickets will be sold only at the accredited counters on the stadium complex during the four days. They won’t be found in any other counter, bank or online forum,” Kumar said, adding that they had formulated this policy to avoid duplicity and chaos.
He added security arrangements were also discussed at length in Sunday’s meeting.
“The IG provisions of Jharkhand Police will take care of the security aspects during the match. There will be a multi-tier security cordon both inside and outside the stadium, with altogether 500-600 security personnel deputed strategically across the stadium and outside,” he said.
The Rs 180-crore stadium to be inaugurated on January 17 boasts world-class outdoor and indoor facilities but flaunts its tribal heart, he said.
In fact, anyone visiting the stadium will become an expert on Jharkhand’s geography and culture, if one goes by the extensive laundry list.
“The naming of north and south pavilions, including corporate boxes, have been done. North Pavilion hospitality sections have been named after 21 rivers, while its lounges are named after seven falls. South Pavilion hospitality lounges are christened after 16 aspects of tribal culture, from dance and music to painting and festivities. Twenty-three corporate boxes are named after Jharkhand tribes,” he said.
The rivers are Barakar, Damodar, Koel, Shankh, Brahmani, Gumani, Panchanan, Phalgu, Mayurakshi, Karo, Kharkai, Batane, Ajay, Amanas, Auranga, Jamunia, Kanhar, Koina, Mohana and Kanchi.
Falls include Panchgagh, Dassam, Hundru, Jonha, Rajrappa, Hirni and Lodh.
Tribes comprise Munda, Oraon, Gond, Santhal, Kharia, Kol, Sabar, Kanwar, Asur, Baiga, Banjara, Bedia, Binjhia, Birja, Chero, Ho, Karmali, Kharwar, Khond, Korwa, Lohra, Birhor and Paharia.
Diverse aspects of tribal culture — mind-boggling by any standard — include jhumar, paika, chhau, sohrai, phagua, karma, natua, mundari, jhitka and danga.
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