The Telegraph
Monday , June 2 , 2014
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Pitching for stadium twin

Having put Ranchi on the world map of cricket by gifting it a 35-acre stadium complex in Dhurwa, the JSCA is now mulling a similar sport landmark in coal capital Dhanbad.

A delegation from the state cricket association, headed by its chief Amitabh Choudhary, met Dhanbad deputy commissioner Prashant Kumar on Friday and submitted a proposal seeking a 20-acre plot on lease for the proposed stadium.

“A full-fledged cricket stadium in the coal town will further promote the game and raise the bar for a sporty Jharkhand. We readied one of the best pitches in the world in record time of less than three years. During undivided Bihar and then Jharkhand, this region was considered to be a dark spot for national cricket. But, that negative image has changed before the world and the state has produced a Team India captain. Also, the 11-member national squad often has at least two players from the state,” Choudhury wrote in his note to deputy commissioner Kumar.

The JSCA boss pointed out that the cricket facility and infrastructure in Jharkhand had grabbed the BCCI’s attention. “This year, we have the distinction of hosting the highest number of IPL home matches. We are now in the big league along with Mumbai, Calcutta, Delhi, Hyderabad and Bangalore,” he wrote.

On why JSCA chose Dhanbad (and not Jamshedpur), Choudhary said the district cricket outfit had been a consistent performer in promoting the sport at various levels.

“Dhanbad Cricket Association conducts approximately 450 local matches in a calendar year, besides hosting fixtures of national-level BCCI tournaments on JSCA’s behalf. This season, it hosted a record 36 BCCI matches. All this, despite the fact that we do not have our own ground in Dhanbad. A permanent stadium is the need of the hour to hone local talent and generate public interest for overall promotion of game,” he added.

Deputy commissioner Kumar said he had asked JSCA officials to do a site survey. “The JSCA can do a recce in the district after which we will look into the feasibility factor and send a proposal to the government,” he added.