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History in brief

Association at a glance :

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association was formed with the objective of augmentation of game of Cricket in the state of Himachal, in the year 1960. However the Association was granted affiliation by the BCCI at a meeting held on 29th Sept 1984 at Taj Palace, New Delhi. Till the year 2000 the Association was considered to be minnows of Indian Cricket, it was only in July 2000 that the present set up headed by Mr. Anurag Thakur took over the reins of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and the Association caught the eye of many. The new Millennium year (2000) came with new hopes and new dreams. The dawn of year 2000 suddenly threw up a hope, a sense of renewed vitality to catch up with the best in the North zone at least, if not in the entire country. A new body under young and dynamic President was installed in the office and all of a sudden we witness a flurry of activity all around us ……. Sky can be the limit for Himachal Cricket under his stewardship”. Mr. Anurag Singh Thakur elected as the fourth President of the HPCA on 2nd July 2000. Soon after he took over the association he expressed his concerns as to what still ailed the Himachal cricket. He expressed, “Why were Himachal players even after 15 years of affiliation to the BCCI regarded as babes in the wood and were treated with scant respect in the domestic circle. He realized that problems were manifold with the chief problem being lack of exposure, facilities, grounds and infrastructure.” The foremost agenda of the newly formed HPCA was to construct its own stadium having best of facilities, it was a daunting task but the young President accepted the challenge and the results can be seen. Apart from lack of infrastructure in the state the plight of players was also pathetic as such the association needed a paradigm shift in approach.
The comparative briefs enunciated in the succeeding paragraphs will clearly show you the trends and momentum with which HPCA has accelerated, particularly in the last nine and a half years.

 
Financial growth :

The under mentioned graph will clearly show you the trends of financial growth of HPCA during the period 1st April 2000 to 31st Dec 2009:
 

Valuation of assets:

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association has created assets worth Rupees 750 million during the period 2000-10 (up to Dec 2009) the trends of growth are depicted below:

 

Defining Moments of HPCA:

17 YEARS after Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association was granted affiliation by the BCCI and just over two and a half years of present associations tenure the Government of Himachal Pradesh allotted a tract of land measuring about 16 acres to the association on 19th of March 2002 at a glittering function attended by thousands Prof. Prem Kumar Dhumal, the then Chief Minister of Himachal Pradesh, officially handed over the lease papers to Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. The land nestles in the laps of mighty and majestic Dhauladhar Mountain ranges at a height of about 4000 feet in Dharamshala, the abode of his holiness Dalai Lama.

 

Facilities:

The Stadium constructed at a cost of about 60 crore provides all the modern day facilities prevalent in other International venues across the world. It has a seating capacity of about 25000 spectators and shall boast of the state of art, separate indoor and outdoor practice areas, spacious dressing rooms with requisite facilities, latest irrigation facilities, well equipped gymnasium, separate press gallery, TV & Radio Commentators Boxes, club house, recreational centre, post match conference hall, and indeed one of the most picturesque views in the world.

In addition to Dharamshala Cricket Stadium Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association has also constructed two more cricket stadiums viz at Nadaun and Bilaspur at an estimated cost of 5 crore.

 

Brief History of Matches hosted:

The first International side that visited and played in Dharamshala Stadium was Pakistan. The Pakistani national side, lead by the legendary Inzamam Ul Haq, played a three day game against Board President XI (BCCI) from 3rd to 5th of March 2005

» The Inaugural Prestigious Mohd. Nissar Trophy was also hosted here in Sept 2006. The Trophy was started by BCCI and PCB from the year 2006, in which the national champions of both the countries played each other on reciprocal basis.

» The Australian Youth (U-19s) side that toured India in Sept 2005 played two one day matches against India (U-19s) at Dharamshala

» It was one of the venues for Inaugural Corporate Cup, started by BCCI from the year 2009.

In the year 2007-08 South Africa A Played a three day game against India

 
Chronology of Events:

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In the year 2000-01 HPCA started its first U-16 residential Cricket Academy for boys at Una.

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In the year 2001-02 HPCA’s Ranji Team qualified for the Elite Group.

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In the year 2002-03 the Construction work of Dharamshala Cricket Stadium was started.

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In the year 2004-05 HPCA successfully organized Duleep Trophy Matches at Dharamshala.

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In the year 2005-06 Rishi Dhawan played a mammoth knock of 340 runs against Railways in U-19 Cooch Behar Trophy. In the same year and age group Ravi Kant was selected for U-19 National Camp.

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In the year 2006-07 HP Ranji Team won the Ranji Trophy Plate Group

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In the year 2006-07 HP Ranji Team won the Ranji Trophy Plate Group

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In the same year HPCA’s Cooch Behar & Vijay merchant team’s earned third spot in the national Championships (plate Group). As such 2006-07 can be considered as the golden year of HPCA’s cricket.

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In the year 2007-08 Ajay Rana (U-17, age group) was declared as Junior Cricketer of the year, by the BCCI. In the same year Rishi Dhawan (U-19, age group) was declared Ceat Cricketer of the year

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In the year 2008-09 Sapna Ranwhawa was selected to represent India C in the Challenger Trophy (Women)

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In the Year 2009-10 Vikramjeet Singh Malik became the first Himachali Player to play an IPL game. In the same year Sapna Randhawa was selected for the ICC Women World Cup Camp.

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In its promise to augment the game of Cricket throughout the state HPCA organized the biggest T-20 Tournament of the country titled “J.P.T-20 Mahasangram” in which 1017 clubs participated and the matches were played at 60 centres. This was the biggest club Tournament of the Country, the fact has also been accepted and will be in Limca book of records. The final of the said tournament was played under lights and was the first match to be played under lights at Dharamshala.

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In the current year 2010-11 three HPCA players have been selected for IPL season three viz. Paras Dogra, Vikramjeet Malik & Sarandeep Singh.

The happiest moment of HPCA, after its affiliation, came when it was cleared as one of the venues for IPL Matches in the year 2009 but, unfortunately the tournament was shifted to South Africa. This year we are over whelmed to host two IPL matches at Dharamshala and we look forward to host more matches in Dharamshala.

   

Ongoing Projects:

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The most ambitious project of HPCA is construction of exotic residential resort “The Pavilion” at Dharamshala. The resort would extend best of facilities for players and officials.

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HPCA probably became the first state in the year 2009 to run a free of cost residential academy for Women Cricketers. In all HPCA is running three Cricket Academies (two for boys & one for girls).

   

Future Plans:

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The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association with the help of the Government of Himachal Pradesh is committed to construct Cricket Stadiums having facilities for other games as well at all the Districts. So that its aim of augmentation of the Game of Cricket is fulfilled.

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HPCA also wants to produce Cricketers who can represent our Country and make us proud

I on behalf of the entire Association want to convey our heartfelt gratitude to all those who stood by us and motivated us to work for a common cause. The organizing of IPL Matches in HPCA Cricket Stadium Dharamshala is victory of all those Cricket loving people who had faith in us and we assure you that this is just the beginning and the best is yet to come.

 

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