Dharamsala, Jan 25: The cold weather at Dharamsala has been the point of discussion ever since the Board finalized the picturesque locale as one of the venues for the ODI series against England. Since the venue witnessed snow fall last week, HPCA officials worried about unpredictable weather performed a puja for a clear weather on Sunday.
According to sources, President of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association and Joint Secretary BCCI Anurag Thakur visited a temple of local deity - the "serpent god", Indrunag on Thursday.
Having visited the temple, Thakur also performed a "Puja" praying for a clear weather. Though this is not the first time, the officials have performed the puja before hosting a cricket match at Dharamsala as the practice has been proved successful many a times during IPL matches held at the venue.
England and India cricketers having reached the venue on Thursday experienced chilly weather as they arrived in the city. Kevin Pietersen and team also expressed that the temperature had reached minus 1 degree Celsius by night as it was freezing at Dharamsala.
Though the weather forecast for Sunday's match suggest that the sky would be clear, and would be sunny in the morning, the officials felt it was better to perform a puja, a regular practice in case of unpredictable weather, to ensure a smooth start to the first ODI match to be played at Dharamsala on Sunday.