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Dharamsala denied hosting IPL fixtures after Pak-India World T20 game debacle

DHARAMSALA: As the much anticipated Pakistan-India World Twenty20 game was shifted from Dharamsala to Kolkata, the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Academy will not be hosting the upcoming fixtures of Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to an Indian news website, Kings XI Punjab had asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to shift its home games in Dharamsala to Nagpur. The Indian cricket board has reportedly agreed to do so.

The franchise, in its request to BCCI, stated that players and officials are charged huge amounts for security by the Himachal Pradesh government and a large sum of entertainment tax is levied during the league.

A spokesman of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Academy has accused the Congress led state government for the venue not getting its shares for the lucrative tournament.

“Franchises do not want to take the risk of hosting matches here (in Dharamsala) due to the politics played by Congress-led state government. They are trying to harm the HPCA’s image directly or indirectly because the association president is Anurag Thakur who belongs to the Bharatiya Janata Party”, he said.

It should be noted that International Cricket Council had shifted the much anticipated Pak-India World Twenty20 fixture from Dharamsala to Kolkata after CM Himachal Pradesh Virbhadra Singh had refused to host Pakistan for the mega event.

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