The Lahaul-Spiti Cricket Association (LSCA) has announced plans to construct the world’s highest cricket stadium in the Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.
Standing 10,000ft above sea level adjacent to the newly constructed Atal Tunnel Rohtang, the cricket stadium will be constructed in Sissu in the Lahaul Valley and is completely tribal-funded, The Sentinel reported.
The location and the design of the stadium, which will be capable of holding 10,000 spectators, have been finalised.
LSCA president Surender Thakur said that construction on the stadium will start after receiving a letter of intent (LoI) from the government.
Thakur further added that the cricket stadium will help the budding cricketers of the tribal district in improving their skills and can also serve as an ideal location for matches in the summer and monsoon season in the country.
Since 2013, the LSCA has been engaged in stadium-related work.
Himachal Pradesh technical education minister Ram Lal Markanda was quoted by The Statesman as saying: “The local Panchayat and Revenue Department recently earmarked 38 bighas of land for the proposed stadium in Sissu.
“The file has been sent to the Forest Department for clearance and the state government will soon complete all formalities in this regard.”
Meanwhile, formalities related to land transfer and other paperwork are in the final stage.
Previously, the cricket stadium in Chail in Solan district, developed by Maharaja Bhupinder Singh the ruler of the formerly princely state of Patiala in 1893, is the world’s highest cricket pitch, standing at 8,000ft above sea level.
Dharamshala, which was constructed in 2003, has the highest international cricket ground at 4,780ft.