While the Himalayas are symbolic of national pride, they could now stand witness to the sport that drives the nation. Lahaul Spiti, in Himachal Pradesh is on the verge of getting it own cricket stadium, and when that happens, it could become the world’s highest cricket stadium, at a breathtaking 10,235 feet (3,048 m) above sea level, overtaking the current holder, the Chail Cricket Ground of Solan. The site location is at the Sissu village which is surrounded by a lake, snow clad mountains, a helipad and the Chenab river.
The stadium is however going to be a creation of the Lahaul Spiti Asoociation, which isn’t affiliated with the BCCI or the HPCA, and hence the association is not expecting funds from the cricketing bodies.
“We have a very small amount in the bank account but this is not going to stop us from realizing the dream,” said president of the association, Mr Surinder Thakur.
“In fact, small amounts have already started flowing in from The area demarcated for the cricket stadium in Spiti Valley. The site for the proposed cricket stadium is next to Sissu lake, off the Manali-Leh highway, not far from the northern end of the under-construction, all-weather Rohtang Pass tunnel the people of the region.” he added.
The stadium would be built on the lines of the scenic cricket stadium in Dharamshala.