India-Windies ODI uncertain if security not provided, says MP

India-Windies ODI uncertain if security not provided, says MP

If the state government fails to respond to the requests of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) for providing security and other necessary arrangements for hosting a one-day international (ODI) cricket match between India and West Indies on October 17 at Dharamsala within the next week, the holding of the match might be uncertain.

This was stated by president of HPCA and BJP MP from Hamirpur Anurag Thakur while talking to mediapersons here recently.

However, the state government has not been responding to the requests of the HPCA for providing security and other necessary arrangements for hosting the one-day international cricket match.

Anurag said organising the international cricket match at Dharamsala would help promote tourism in the state. “The state government should see it as an opportunity rather than viewing it from political angle,” he said.

”The HPCA has to inform the BCCI regarding security and other arrangements to be done by the state government within the next one week so that further arrangements for the match can be made,” Anurag said.

He alleged that already Dharamsala tourism had suffered tremendous loss due to the decision of the state government against allowing hosting of IPL matches there.

In case the match was not hosted here, it would be a great loss for the people of the Kangra region, who benefit the most due to huge influx of tourist in the region during the matches, Anurag said.

He also presided over the annual general meeting of the HPCA. The HPCA decided to invite applications from schools across the state for providing training to youth in cricket. He said the HPCA would develop pitches, provide cricket kits and cricket balls to schools which show interest in providing cricket training to their students.

He said to provide better opportunities to district-level players in the state, the HPCA was planning to start league cricket in the state that would involve district-level players.

Earlier, Anurag was welcomed at Dharamsala by workers of the BJYM.