Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) is fully geared up to host three Indian Premier League matches in its picturesque stadium in Himachal Pradesh’s Dharamsala town despite some initial hiccups, match organisers said here today.
HPCA president Anurag Thakur said that preparations are in full swing to hold three matches later this month. He said with an investment of over Rs 100 crore on the stadium and on an ultra-luxurious residential complex, the Pavilion, HCPA is confident that every thing would go smoothly.
For accommodation of the players, the HPCA has constructed 72-room complex, the Pavilion. It is to have 36 huts made of imported wood and similar number of concrete rooms. However, last season there was only provision of 36 log huts. The stadium has also attracted the attention of former team India coach Gary Kirsten. “At his farewell, Kirsten expressed his desire to hold a training camp in Dharamsala,” Anurag Thakur said. Members of the hospitality industry admitted that the spectators might face problems in getting suitable accommodation in Dharamsala during the matches.
The HPCA stadium located at an altitude of 4,000 feet is being counted as the second home ground for the Kings XI Punjab team, which originally belongs to Mohali near Chandigarh. It will host a day and night match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils on May 15. The second match, which will be played in the night is between Royal Challengers and Kings XI Punjab on May 17, while the third match, day-night is between Kings XI Punjab and Deccan Chargers is on May 21.