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Guest list fix ahead of ODI

Who will inaugurate the international cricket stadium on the ODI-eve?

The Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) is in a dilemma over its guest list for the pompous opening of the Rs 180-crore Dhurwa complex on January 18, after the state was left headless on Tuesday.

Earlier, the apex cricket outfit had zeroed in on chief minister Arjun Munda for the ribbon ceremony, along with BCCI president N. Srinivasan.

But, Munda having resigned in the face of an ugly spat with the JMM over power-sharing, the JSCA is saddled with a fresh challenge in addition to the weighty responsibility of organising the first India-England ODI in Jharkhand.

“Invitation letters were ready for printing. The guest list included the chief minister and his entire cabinet. We are in a fix now,” a senior functionary admitted, not wishing to be named.

The JSCA, however, confirmed that the political turmoil would not affect the ODI on January 19. “The event is pre-planned and follows only BCCI guidelines. The only hassle is that the state may not have a new chief minister at the time of the event. In such a case, we may request the governor to do the honours with the BCCI chief,” said a well-placed source.

Senior functionary of the organising committee Sanjay Singh said as a “safety measure”, the JSCA had decided not to print any guest’s name on the invitation cards.

Meanwhile, preparations for ODI tickets are almost over. “Tickets will be available at 10 counters on the western side of the stadium from Thursday. Two of the counters are reserved for women. The timing is 9am to 2pm. One person can purchase a maximum of two tickets,” media manager Manoj Kumar said in an email.