MS Dhoni's hometown hopeful of hosting international ODIs

The Jharkhand State Cricket Association stadium was earlier lauded by Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik and wife Sania Mirza during their visit to the staadium Getty Images

Ranchi: Oct 16, 2011

Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) expressed optimism about Ranchi becoming the latest ODI centre this year after a high-level BCCI team on Sunday inspected the cricket stadium.

A three-member team comprising manager (cricket operations) Suru Nayak, ground and pitches committee chairman Venkat Sundaram and secretary Sanjay Jagdale inspected the JSCA International Stadium Complex, about ten kms from Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s residence.

“We are hopeful to host (one of the ODI matches between India and West Indies in December) as the stadium is almost completed,” JSCA secretary Amitabh Choudhary told PTI.

“There is no other example of a stadium being finished in the shortest possible time – two years and three months only,” he added.

Lauded by former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Malik during his visit along with his wife Sania Mirza earlier this year, the stadium reportedly has a capacity of 35,000.

A Ranji Trophy match was also played on the newly laid turf earlier this year. (PTI)