The Indian state of Jharkhand is set to receive its third international cricket stadium after an agreement was reached to develop a 25,000-seat facility.

Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) has agreed a deal with Bokaro Steel Plant, an arm of the Steel Authority of India (SAIL), for the transfer of 20 acres of land for the stadium on the outskirts of the city of Bokaro.

Jharkhand already features the 45,000-capacity JSCA International Stadium Complex (pictured) in Ranchi, as well as the 19,000-capacity Keenan Stadium, which is owned by Tata Steel in Jamshedpur. The Bokaro stadium would make JSCA the first cricket body in the eastern region of India to have three international-standard stadia.

“The stadium will boast international standards with a sitting capacity of 25,000,” said JSCA secretary Sanjay Sahay, according to Indian newspaper The Telegraph. “We hope to complete the construction work in three-four years.”

JSCA first requested the land in January 2018. A SAIL-BSL spokesperson said a long-term lease deal has been agreed which will initially run for 33 years.

SAIL-BSL director in-charge, Amarendu Prakash, added: “The proposed international cricket stadium at Bokaro will facilitate grooming of local cricketing talent.”

Initial construction work on the stadium site is expected to start next month.

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