Australian cricket team manager Adam Fraser at the news meet at a Ranchi hotel on Tuesday. (Hardeep Singh)
The Dhurwa stadium in Ranchi has found admirers in another continent.
A three-member team from Cricket Australia — the governing body for both professional and amateur forms of the game in the kangaroo country — has given its thumbs up to pitch and preparations for the October 24 ODI with Team India.
“Stunning,” said Team Australia manager Adam Fraser after their two-day tour of the seven-month-old JSCA International Cricket Complex ended on Tuesday.
“I think this is one of the best stadiums we have come across in the world so far,” Fraser said, addressing mediapersons at a city hotel before leaving for Australia.
Besides him, security manager Sean Carroll and another Cricket Australia official Graham Manou had arrived in Ranchi on Monday afternoon. The trio toured the Dhurwa stadium along with JSCA president Amitabh Choudhary and Ranchi IG M.S. Bhatia in the evening.
They minutely went through PowerPoint presentations on security at the complex before giving a final nod to the much-awaited ODI, which will be the second in Ranchi since the inauguration of this world-class stadium in January.
According to Fraser, the USP of the stadium were the two hills. “These were hitherto unheard of in India. Back in our country, we have stadiums with hills. So, when the team from Australia comes to Ranchi, they will certainly feel to be in home,” he said.
He, however, refused to comment on security, citing confidentiality among the JSCA, the district administration and Cricket Australia.
“We are convinced that every aspect from that point of view will be addressed. Our purpose of coming here was to take stock of everything, from boarding and dressing rooms to security,” he added.
On the pitch, Fraser maintained that it was being prepared. “The outfield looks superb though and we are sure that decent scores will be scored,” he said.
JSCA officials too termed the visit fruitful. “All the foreign officials were satisfied with the arrangements and infrastructure. They also seemed happy with accommodation on offer,” said Manoj Kumar, JSCA spokesperson and vice-president (district).
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