Lahaul-Spiti to have world’s highest cricket stadium?
In the near future would be able to see world’s highest cricket stadium. I think yes it’s all happening in Lahaul-Spiti, the coldest desert of India in Himachal Pradesh, where the District Association of Lahaul-Spiti was planning for 2 years to construct a stadium, finally got the NOC from all authorities concerned.
If all goes according to the plan the stadium will stand at an altitude of 10,235 feet (3,048 m) above the sea level in Sisu village surrounded by mountain, lake and the Chenab River. Around 3.2 hectares of land has been earmarked for the stadium.
But financial issue might occur in this project because there are two cricket associations in the tribal district with the same name. The one who planning the stadium is registered with the district administration since 2005 but not affiliated with Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) and the other is affiliated with HPCA but not registered with the administration.
So the district association might not get the financial help from the BCCI and Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. But the District Association is full supported by Congress MLA Rav Thakur. He said that Sisu is already a part of the Adarsh Gram scheme and the stadium would be its integral part. “The stadium would be included in the tribal sub plan next year. There would be no dearth of funds,” he said.
“We have a very small amount in the bank account but this is not going to stop us from realizing the dream,” said Surinder Thakur, President of the association. “In fact, small amounts have already started flowing in from the people of the region.”
While the highest cricket ground is presently in Chail in Himachal Pradesh in India built at an altitude of 7,380 feet above the sea level. The Chail ground was built by royal family of erstwhile Patiala state in 1893.
The association is also planning to approach top BCCI official and current chief of Himachal cricket association Anurag Thakur for help.