England in India 2012-13 January 22, 2013

Snow risk receding for final ODI

ESPNcricinfo staff

England's cricketers might think they are escaping the big freeze by being in India but they are likely to encounter shivering temperatures themselves later this week when they travel to Dharamsala on Sunday for the final ODI with doubts even persisting as to whether the game will go ahead.

Located in the foothills of the Himalayas, 1317 metres above sea level, the forecast is for temperatures to stay in single figures and there remains the chance of snow. However, organisers remain "hopeful" of getting a full 50-over contest in for the ground's first international.

India, though, are determined not to leave anything to chance as they aim to wrap up the series. "It's not certain we are going to have a game in Dharamsala," Virat Kohli said. "We are all aware, so this game becomes all the more important. It makes the game really, really important."

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium has hosted IPL matches over the past couple of years, serving as the second home for the Kings XI Punjab franchise. It was the IPL experience that convinced the association that they were capable of hosting international games.

However, the location also has issues with a lack of suitable hotels while the runway at the nearby airport is only capable of handling small planes so both England and India are likely to make the trip from Mohali by road.

The problems of stage matches in the north of India at this time of year has also led to a change in the schedule for the India-Australia Test matches. That series will now start in south before heading to Mohali and Delhi later in March.

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  • Shahzad on January 25, 2013, 10:44 GMT

    International matches have been regularly played at the Wanderers in Johannesburg, South Africa which is located at more elevation from sea level as compared to this ground.

    I believe it could be a good venue for staging matches in summer season in India.

  • Amit on January 24, 2013, 18:44 GMT

    dharamshala ground is great palace,must watch match peoples all over world

  • S on January 24, 2013, 18:37 GMT

    I live at a higher altitude than this stadium and believe me that the rarefied oxygen in the air makes sports a bit of a challenge. You have to be really fit physically to play in stadiums like this. If Kumar is made to bowl 10 overs on the trot in this altitude, it will really drain him out unless he is used to these conditions.

  • gaurav on January 24, 2013, 12:59 GMT

    I think many over romanticize the venue . Yes it is a very picturesque however their are serious problems with Parking, law enforcement and the overall size of the boundary (seems very small at certain points)..

  • Gopinath on January 24, 2013, 10:16 GMT

    Dharmasala ground is the best cricket ground location ever, this is soo beautiful setting. Second one in my view is in Cape Town. Next ones are in West Indies, Sri Lanka on the beautiful beach. NZ got one.. I am talking about the location setting, If it comes to facilities for spectators at the ground, non of the indian grounds make it even to average ones, its changed a lot from a decade back to now. I am hopping this will change in the decades to come.

  • Roger on January 24, 2013, 9:01 GMT

    thats cool..... may be the overcast condition suit england bowlers.....

  • Pushpakumara on January 24, 2013, 5:44 GMT

    They can introduce a new format to the game called "Ice cricket" or "Winter cricket"..However this is one of my favorite cricketing venue in the world.

  • Dummy4 on January 24, 2013, 5:25 GMT

    BCCI's robotic scheduling has to change now. It has gone obsessive proportions now. In 2005, Pakistan played ODIs in scortching heat; Dharamshala would have been an ideal venue in that weather.

  • gaurav on January 24, 2013, 3:40 GMT

    To schedule an ODI in Dharamshala in the middle of the winter is quite a dumb idea. As mentioned issues with the runways would mean that the players would need a 4-6 hour bus ride to dharamshala not to mention the fact that their may be no match. The BCCI has to manage the venue-schedule better as Dharamshala could have hosted a match against any team in the summer or any time but the 2-3 months of harsh winter. With so much sponsorship, fan following, and interest it would be unfortunate to have a match not take place and/or take place in freezing conditions with snow just because the BCCI wanted to have a match at Anurag Thakur's behest.

  • Kuldeep on January 24, 2013, 1:08 GMT

    This time of the year, why organise a game there? A total lack of administration by BCCI.

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