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Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium

Establishment  2003
Phone  0189 222 3539
Capacity  23,000
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium
Location  Dharamsala, Himachal Pradesh
Owner  Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association
Operator  Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association
Tenants  Indian cricket team Himachal Pradesh cricket team Kings XI Punjab
First ODI  27 January 2013:  India v  England
Address  Civil Lines Rd, Jawahar Nagar, Dharamshala, Himachal Pradesh 176215
Hours  Open today · 8AM–6PMHoli might affect these hoursSunday(Holi)8AM–6PMHours might differMonday(Holi)8AM–6PMHours might differTuesday8AM–6PMWednesday8AM–6PMThursday8AM–6PMFriday8AM–6PMSaturday8AM–6PM
Teams  India national cricket team, Himachal Pradesh cricket team, Kings XI Punjab
Similar  Punjab Cricket Associati, Bhagsunag Waterfall, Dal Lake, Feroz Shah Kotla Ground, Vidarbha Cricket Associati

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Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, abbreviated as the HPCA Stadium, is a picturesque cricket stadium located in the city of Dharamsala in Himachal Pradesh, India. The town of Dharamsala is best known internationally as the home of the Dalai Lama of Tibet.

Dharamshala stadium documentary created by rajnish baba mehta


Location and history

The stadium served as the home ground for the Himachal Pradesh cricket team for Ranji Trophy matches and other domestic matches. The stadium also hosted some IPL matches as a home stadium for Kings XI Punjab.

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The picturesque venue is unique in India as it is situated at an altitude of 1,457 m above the sea level and has the snow-capped Himalayan mountains in the background. Getting to Dharamsala from the nearest airport in Gaggal, which is about 8 kilometres away through the hilly terrain and the harsh winters, during which it rains and snows are some of the deterrents in organizing regular matches.

Dav Whatmore, the former Director of the National Cricket Academy in India had recommended during his tenure that the stadium is suitable for hosting international cricket matches. The first international team who played in this ground was the Pakistani cricket team, when they played a warm-up match against an India A side in 2005.

The first ODI at this stadium was played between India and England on 27 January 2013. England won the match by 7 wickets. The first Test at this stadium will be played between India and Australia from 25–29 March 2017.

In November 2015, the HPCA stadium was selected as one of the six new Test match venues in India along with the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, JSCA International Stadium Complex, Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Holkar Stadium and Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium.

ACC Centre of Excellence

In December 2015, Asian Cricket Council decided to set up Centre of Excellence at Dharamsala.

2016 ICC World Twenty20

On 21 July 2015, the BCCI announced the names of the eight cities which would be hosting matches during the 2016 ICC World Twenty20. Dharamsala was announced as one of the eight venues for the event. On 11 December 2015, ICC announced the fixtures of the event where the HPCA Stadium was scheduled to host all the first round Group A matches and a single Super 10 Group 2 match. Originally the marquee India vs Pakistan match was scheduled to be hosted by this venue. Due to security concerns for the Pakistani team, the match was moved to Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

References

Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium Wikipedia


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