Edukraze, June 27
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has designated Dharamsala Stadium in Himachal Pradesh, India, as the venue for five matches during the upcoming ICC World Cup, scheduled from October 7 onwards. Arun Dhumal, the President of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and Secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), made this announcement during a press conference held in Dharamsala today.
In an update shared by Arun Dhumal, the ICC’s schedule for the World Cup includes the following matches to be played at Dharamsala Stadium:
- October 7: Bangladesh vs Afghanistan
- October 10: England vs Bangladesh
- October 15: South Africa vs Qualifier 1
- October 22: India vs New Zealand
- October 28: Australia vs New Zealand
This allocation of five international matches to Dharamsala Stadium is unprecedented for the ICC World-Cup. Arun Dhumal expressed his gratitude to both the ICC and the President of the BCCI for granting this opportunity to Dharamsala.
Highlighting the significance of this decision, Arun Dhumal emphasized that it showcased the exceptional standards of the Dharamsala cricket stadium, meeting all international requirements. He further stated, “Since hosting cricket matches will contribute to the growth of tourism in Dharamsala and the entire Kangra region, we anticipate full support and cooperation from the state government in organizing these events.”
The picturesque Dharamsala cricket stadium, nestled amidst the snow-covered Dhauladhar mountain ranges, can accommodate up to 25,000 spectators. The tourism industry has warmly welcomed the ICC’s decision to host five cricket matches during the ICC World Cup in Dharamsala, recognizing the positive impact it will have on local tourism.
Recently, the HPCA undertook the renovation of the pitch at Dharamsala stadium. In May, the stadium successfully hosted two IPL matches, which attracted a significant influx of tourists to the region for about a week.