5th ODI: Cricket fever grips Dharamsala

Written by: Arvind Sharma
Published: Friday, January 25, 2013, 11:28 [IST]
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Dharamsala, Jan 25: Dharamsala is gripped with cricket fever as Team India and England arrived here for the fifth and final One Day International (ODI) match scheduled to be held here on January 27.

Long awaited International cricket has finally arrived in Dharamsala town, which has the backdrop of snow clad majestic Dhauladhar mountain ranges of mighty Himalyas. The venue is gearing up to host its first international match between India and England on Sunday.

India, England teams in Dharamsala

Both the teams arrived at Gaggal Airport on Thursday afternoon by a chartered flight and headed directly towards the "The Pavilion"- the five star residential complex of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA).

HPCA officials along with the girls from Central University of Himachal Pradesh (CUHP) in traditional Kinnauri dresses welcomed the members of the both teams at the airport, whereas HPCA president, Anurag Thakur welcomed the teams at "The Pavilion".

At an altitude of 1317 meters, the Dharamshala stadium is the first full-fledged stadium in Himachal Pradesh.

The match originally scheduled as a day-night fixture, has been changed as it is expected to start at 9 am to avoid a bone-chilling evening under floodlights.

"It is going to be a historic day for the small hill state," said HPCA President Anurag Thakur who has been instrumental in setting up the ground.

He further added that the venue is looking forward to host a Test match after its first international match.

Team news has it that injured skipper MS Dhoni alongwith Ashwin, Ishant and Gambhir will make way for Amit Mishra, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ashok Dinda inorder to give them a chance to perform ahead of Australia series.

English players enjoying homelike climatic conditions will try to win the fifth ODI to make it 3-2 at Dharamsala.

BCCI officials are expected to be a part of the presentation ceremony after the fifth ODI as it draws the curtain for the five-match ODI series against England.


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