Dhoni seeks land in Bihar for sports academy
Team India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni has approached the Bihar government, seeking a plot of land to set up a sports academy in the state.
Dhoni, who is currently playing in England, has e-mailed a three-line letter to deputy chief minister Sushil Kumar Modi, expressing his desire to establish a state-of-the- art sports academy, if the government allocated him a plot of land.
The letter has been routed to Modi via Anurag Thakur, president of the Bharatiya Janata Party Yuva Morcha and the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association chief.
Modi subsequently forwarded Dhoni’s letter to Bihar’s art, culture and sports minister Sukhda Pandey for the necessary action on Friday.
Pandey said that it was just a preliminary letter from Dhoni and the state government has not yet received the detailed project report. “We will ask him to submit a detailed project report in this regard,” she said.
Dhoni’s proposal has brought cheers to sportsmen in Bihar. They said that Dhoni had started his career Ranji Trophy career representing Bihar and started playing for Jharkhand only after the creation of the new state.
Former India Under- 19 captain Amikar Dayal said that it would benefit the sportspersons in the state.
Dhoni had earlier written to the Jharkhand government, seeking a plot. But the Jharkhand government is yet to allocate the five acres of land to him, despite promising to do so.
Dhoni’s letter to the Bihar government might hasten the process in his home state now.
Dhoni had earlier turned down an offer by the Delhi government to set up a sports academy in the Capital.