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Kanke pitch for Mahi’s dream cradle

Residents of Nayatoli Simaliya are basking in their updated status. Soon they will be sporting neighbours of M.S. Dhoni.

The Ranchi district administration has identified 12.5 acres of land at the village, located in the Kanke circle near Ratu, for the dream sports academy of Captain Cool.

South Chotanagpur commissioner on Monday forwarded the proposal of transfer of the plot to the land revenue department, which will have to be approved by the cabinet.

While villagers are revelling in the thought that they can catch a glimpse of the Team India skipper, local budding cricket players are thanking their luck that Mahi would be their coach. Only, there’s one more wish — that the sports academy offer training in football and hockey too.

“We are all super excited and keeping our fingers crossed so that Mahi’s sports academy comes up in our locality soon,” said Anil Tirkey, a farmer of Nayatoli Simaliya.

The chosen plot is nestled in the midst of agricultural farms. One has to take Ranchi-Katahal More Road or Ranchi-Ratu Road to reach the place.

After Team India clinched the World Cup early this year, chief minister Arjun Munda promised to offer land to Dhoni, who had expressed his wish to set up a sports academy in the state capital to hone the skills of young talents. Initially, Munda said he would offer vacant space at Naga Baba Khatal. But the four-acre plot was not enough for the ambitious project.

Hence, the district administration had to scout for a larger area. The plot at Nayatoli Simaliya is gair majrua land and fit for the project.

“If the sports academy comes up, our village will find a place in the hall of fame. Besides, we will also feel proud to refer to Dhoni as our neighbour. But most importantly, young players will be blessed with a guide,” said Biru Munda, a student of Sanjay Gandhi Memorial College, Ranchi.

Dhoni already owns a farmhouse near Simaliya village, which he frequents every time he visits his Harmu home. “We have never been lucky enough to meet Dhoni as he is always encircled by an impermeable security ring. But, we want to visit him once and tell him about the expectations we have from him,” said Danu Munda, a farmer.

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