The turmoil in the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association not withstanding, IPL franchise Kings XI Punjab is keen to continue holding some of its league matches, state chief minister Virbhadra Singh stated today.
The HPCA, which was headed by opposition BJP MP Anurag Thakur, was taken over by the Congress-led state government on Sunday.
"The officials of Kings XI Punjab have already approached us and shown their willingness for staging' IPL matches in Dharamsala next season, and the government will fully cooperate with them," Singh said while addressing a press conference in here at the end of his five-day tour of Kangra district.
"Kings XI Punjab is a private body and has got nothing to do with the HPCA, they take the ground on rent every year to stage the matches here and they will be allowed to do so next year too," he said.
Singh said HPCA's membership should be opened to the locals.
"We are not against any sports organisation but we wish that such organisations in the state should run democratically.
"I was told that the Himachali members were not allowed to vote in HPCA's elections. The voters are non Himachalis and are life members, inducted by one man to suit his choice," said the chief minister.