The Jharkhand State Cricket Association(JSCA) has signed a lease agreement with the SAIL Bokaro Steel Plant (BSL) for the construction of an international cricket stadium in Bokaro.
“The agreement entails transfer of 20.17 acres of land by SAIL-BSL to JSCA at Bokaro on long term lease initially for a period of 33 years, with the provision of further renewals as per SAIL Board approved Guidelines and other necessary approvals,” said Manikant Dhan, BSL, spokesperson .
The lease agreement between SAIL-BSL and JSCA was signed in the presence of Director In-charge BSL Amarendu Prakash, former secretary of BCCI and former director of ICC Amitabh Choudhary, President of JSCA Dr Nafis Akhtar.
The spot chosen for the stadium is on the route to state capital Ranchi.
Significantly, it was in January 2018 when the BSL was handed a request for allotment of land to JSCA for the construction of an international stadium in Bokaro.
Commenting on the development, former BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: “Proposed international cricket stadium at Bokaro will be state of the art in terms of facilities and will have a seating capacity of around 25,000 people. Further activities for the construction of the stadium at Bokaro will now be taken up by JSCA”.
He further informed that the proposed stadium will be have a lesser capacity than Ranchi’s JSCA International cricket stadium, which can accomodate 40,000 people, however, it will be larger in size than other international cricket stadiums in the nation and abroad.