The HP Cricket Association’s plan to hold matches for the seventh edition of Indian Premier League (IPL) at the its scenic stadium in Dharamsala may not fall thorough.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India ( BCCI) on Wednesday shot off a letter to the state police department apprising it of the plan to hold matches in the scenic Dharamsala stadium between May 10 and May 17. In the two-page letter, BCCI secretary Sanjay Patel has sought advise from the Kangra superintendent of police to hold matches in Dharamsala.
The BCCI secretary, in the letter, mentioned that it plans to hold matches in Dharamsala on May 10 and May 14. However, the cricket board has not mentioned about any match on May 16, the day counting of votes will take place. Patel says the BCCI has plans to hold matches on May 17.
“The letter is vague. I don’t know on what issue they want our advise,” a senior police official told Hindustan Times while seeking anonymity.
“The forces, which are on election duty outside the state could return only after May 16, after the counting of votes is over. The BCCI has been seeking security arrangements for May 9 and May 14, which does not seem viable,” said a senior police officer.
“Security of the players and spectators is important to us. Without proper security arrangements it will be difficult to hold matches in Dharamsala. It’s for the BCCI and IPL council to decide,” Sanjay Sharma, HPCA spokesperson, said.