Govt will extend all possible help to HPCA: Sudhir Sharma

  • HT Correspondent, Hindustan Times, Shimla
  • Updated: Sep 15, 2014 19:05 IST

Despite tug of war between government and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), the state government would extend all possible help to the association for organising the proposed one-day international.

This was stated by urban development minister Sudhir Sharma in statement issued here on Monday.
He said the state government would help HPCA for organising the match between India and West Indies at Dharamshala on October 17.

He added the state government under the leadership of chief minister Virbhadra Singh was committed to promote sports in the state.

Hitting out at HPCA president Anurag Thakur, he said it was unfortunate that Thakur was unnecessarily trying to politilise the entire issue.

"CM Virbhadra Singh has already made it clear that the state government will help the association to organise the ODI at Dharamsala but the HPCA president was continuing to issue baseless political statements," he claimed.

He asked the HPCA to approach the government in a decent manner for whatever assistance they needed to organise cricket matches in the state rather than accusing it of not responding to their requests.

"The state government has no interest in taking control of the Dharamsala Cricket Stadium, as alleged by Thakur. Its only interest is to see that the stadium is used for the purpose of promoting the game of cricket rather than converting it into a commercial activity," added Sharma.

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