Pitch ready to host IPL matches: HPCA



Shimla: Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association has claimed that it has completed all arrangements and reparations to host two IPL matches in Himachal Pradesh, which are scheduled to held at Dharamshala on April 16 and 18, 2010.

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur told HimVani that Himachal would host two Indian Premier League (IPL) Twenty-20 cricket matches at HPCA stadium in Dharamshala to be played in April and all arrangement including security have been given final shape. The Lok Sabha MP said the state would host two matches under the session two of the IPL that would get underway from March 12. He said these matches would not only bring revenue to the state but also give a boost to tourism industry.

He said on 16 April, Kings Eleven Punjab would play against Deccan Chargers in a night match. The HPCA president further informed that on 18th April, King’s Eleven Punjab would play against Chennai Super Kings and that it would be a day match. He informed that Tibetan Spiritual leader Dalai Lama would be the chief guest in the match. HPCA has claimed that Dharamshala cricket stadium can acomodate 20,000 spectators and it has also developed a new media centre along with the stadium. Earlier, the stadium had a capacity of 12,000 persons.

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