New Delhi, April 1 (ANI): Preparations for the two Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket matches to be held at the Dharamshala cricket stadium on April 16 and 18 have been completed.
According to President Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, Anurag Thakur, this is for the first time that international level cricket tournaments are being held in newly constructed Dharmshala cricket stadium that has been constructed with 50 crore rupees cost this year.
Thakur said the cricket stadium set up at height of 4000 ft above mean sea level has been constructed in accordance with international standards and is highest international cricket ground to host IPL matches.
The Dharamshala cricket stadium has a magnificent view in backdrop of mighty Dhauladhar snow peaks which register average temperature of around 25 degree to 30 degrees Celsius during the peak hours in summer while morning and evening temperature is registered around 20 degree Celsius when the entire India experiences the spell of intense heat waves, he stated.
He told that the pleasant weather will add to the glory and popularity of the game and will be added attraction for cricket lovers who are coming from plain areas to witness the match.
Dharamshala cricket stadium has 20,000 spectators' seating capacity and state of the art facilities, separate practice session, most modern rehabilitation centre, club lounge, restaurant, bar, banquet hall with 500 capacity and modern media centre with all the facilities.
Tibetan spiritual leader Dalai Lama will be the chief guest during an Indian Premier League (IPL) match to played between Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab on April 18 in Dharamshala.
Himachal Pradesh chief minister Prem Kumar Dhumal will be the chief guest on the opening day of the matches between Kings XI Punjab vs Deccan Chargers on April 16 and His Holiness Dalai Lama will be the chief guest on April 18 during the match between Chennai Super Kings vs Kings XI Punjab, he informed.
Thakur informed that the capacity has been created to entertain and accommodate around 700 guests in the stadium.
Sales of ticket have been started and almost half of the tickets have already been sold, he informed. (ANI)