Teams arrive; Ranchi gears up to host its 1st ODI

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Published: Thursday, January 17, 2013, 10:57 [IST]
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Ranchi, Jan 17: Team India and England arrived at MS Dhoni's hometown, Ranchi on Wednesday for the third ODI that is scheduled to be played on Jan 19, 2013.

The newly-constructed stadium will be inaugurated on Jan 18 by Gujarat Chief Minister Narendra Modi, Jharkhand Governor Syed Ahmed, Jharkhand's caretaker CM Arjun Munda, former Chief Ministers Babulal Marandi and Shibu Soren alongwith BCCI president N Srinivasan.

Third ODI between India and England on Jan 19, would be the first ever international match ever to be played at Ranchi.

3rd ODI: Alastair Cook and team arrives at Ranchi

England skipper Alastair Cook being welcomed upon his arrival at a hotel in Ranchi on Wednesday to the third ODI against India on Jan 19, 2013.

Virat Kohli and Kevin Pietersen arrive at Ranchi

Team India and England arrived at Ranchi on Wednesday for the third ODI to be played here on Jan 19.

Ranchi welcomes Team India and England

Enthusiastic fans gathered on both sides of the road outside Birsa Munda Airport in Ranchi on Wednesday to cheer the members of both the cricket teams - India and England.

JSCA President also briefed the reporters about the facilities provided at the international venue.

"It is not only a stadium for cricket but also it has other facilities. A Tennis Academy is already there. A swimming pool will come up and so also other sports would be developed. That is why it has been named as JSCA International Cricket Complex," JSCA President Amitabh Choudhary said.

The 180-crore cricket complex has a seating capacity of around 39,000 besides having all the modern facilities for the players, officials, umpires and the media.

The stadium is constructed in such a way that the pillars wouldn't obstruct the vision of any spectator sitting at any side of the stadium.

Jharkhand has hosted its last ODI at Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur on April 12, 2006 while Ranchi would be hosting its first ODI on Jan 19.


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