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HPCA Stadium

Himachal Pradesh cricket association(HPCA) Stadium
Ground information
Location Dharamshala
Establishment 2003
Capacity 25,012
Owner Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association
Operator Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association
Tenants Himachal Pradesh cricket team,
Kings XI Punjab
End names
River End
College End

HPCA Stadium Stadium (Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium) is a cricket stadium located in the city of Dharamshala in Himachal Pradesh, India. Anurag Thakur is credited of making Himachal Pradesh capable of hosting international standard cricket at HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. The town is best known internationally as the home of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

The nearest airport is Gaggal at Kangra, about 15km away. The stadium is home to Himachal Pradesh cricket team for Ranji Trophy matches and other limited overs matches. The stadium was the venue for two IPL matches as it is a home stadium for the Kings XI Punjab. Consequently floodlights have been installed.[1][2]

Dav Whatmore, the former Director of the Indian National Cricket Academy recommended during his tenure that the stadium is suitable for hosting international cricket matches.[1]

The venue is unique in India in that it is situated at an altitude of 1,457 m (4,780 ft 2 in) above sea level and has the spectacular snow capped Himalayan mountains in the background. It is often considered the fastest pitch in India. The first international team that played here was the Pakistan international cricket team, which played a match against an india in 2005.[2]

The first International One day was played between India and England on Sunday, 27th Jan, 2013 Which England won by 7 wickets.

Located behind the stadium is the Government College of Dharamshala which was built during British Raj.

Important Hosted Matches

See also

  • Dharamshala

References

Coordinates: 32°11′52″N 76°19′34″E / 32.197672°N 76.325997°E / 32.197672; 76.325997


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