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BCCI promises match in Ranchi
- Indoor cricket pitch unveiled

Ranchi, July 4: Mahi’s wedding bells are ringing in Dehradun, but the state capital has another reason to cheer. And yes, it’s related to cricket .

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Shashank Manohar today promised either a one-day international or a test match in Ranchi once the international cricket stadium is ready.

Speaking at the inauguration of Jharkhand State Cricket Association’s indoor cricket facility here, Manohar said: “I can promise you that the day you complete the stadium, the next ODI or test will be played here.”

If Sourabh Tiwary played the first ball in the indoor cricket stadium, M.S. Dhoni figured prominently in almost every speech made on the occasion.

Starting his address on a light note, Manohar said he came here because his wife ordered him to do so (he had come to Jamshedpur to get married in 1980) and also because “he wanted to know the secret of manufacturing unit that produced Sourabh Tiwary within four years of Dhoni”.

While sidestepping questions related to Lalit Modi and the IPL, Manohar quipped: “Cricket makes one rich, not poor,” during a brief interaction with the media.

BCCI secretary N. Srinivasn, too, said he was happy to be in Dhoni’s hometown, more so because Dhoni had led Chennai Super Kings to victory in IPL 3. “I look forward to India playing a game here and winning,” he added.

Governor M.O.H. Farook, the chief guest, said: “The emergence of Dhoni has popularised cricket in Jharkhand and I am delighted to find Tiwary here, who has joined Dhoni in the team.”

Before unveiling the plaque at the indoor cricket facility, Farook advised, “See that cricket remains a sport and an alternative career.”

While former chief minister Babulal Marandi said it appears one day all eleven players in the Indian team would be from Jharkhand. DGP Neyaz Ahmed echoed him while another former chief minister and BJP’s Arjun Munda said he hoped that more Dhonis and more Sourabhs would be seen in action in the future.

Earlier, adviser to Governor R.R. Prasad urged the BCCI president to promise that in 2011, Ranchi would host a test match.

Heavy Engineering Corporation CMD G.K. Pillai, who help JSCA get the plot in HEC township for building the stadium, said: “I thought a cricket stadium will bring back the cheer as HEC was not doing well then. Now, I hope Jharkhand will produce more Dhonis and Tiwarys because of these facilities.”

Rajya Sabha member Ram Dayal Munda said it was good that after hockey and archery, the state was making a name in cricket as well.

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