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Dharamsala, India – The Bangladesh cricket team received a warm welcome from officials of the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) upon their arrival at Gaggal airport today to play matches of ICC World Cup 2023.
They are scheduled to face Afghanistan on October 7 at the Dharamsala cricket stadium, marking the first of five ICC World Cup matches to be held in Dharamsala. The other matches, according to the ICC schedule, include England vs. Bangladesh on October 10, South Africa vs. qualifier 1 on October 15, India vs. New Zealand on October 22, and Australia vs. New Zealand on October 28.
Reports suggest that hotels in the region have experienced high booking requests for the October 22 India vs. New Zealand match, with most hotels already at full capacity. Interest in the other matches has been relatively subdued.
During a press conference, Kangra SP Shalini Agnihotri assured that adequate security and traffic arrangements have been put in place for the match days. One-way traffic plans will be implemented, and the public will have parking options at the police ground, Dari ground, and Zorawar stadium.
The Bangladesh cricket team has arrived in Dharamshala, the designated venue for their first ICC World Cup match against Afghanistan on October 7, as reported by UNB.
Their second match, scheduled for October 10, will also be held in Dharamshala, this time against England. Prior to these matches, Bangladesh played two official warm-up games in Guwahati, facing Sri Lanka and England.
In the warm-up matches, Bangladesh secured a convincing victory against Sri Lanka but faced defeat against England. Concerns were raised about the fitness of Bangladesh’s captain, Shakib Al Hasan, who was absent from both warm-up encounters. However, Najmul Hossain Shanto, the team’s vice-captain, reassured that Shakib is in excellent condition and will participate in the opening match against Afghanistan.
Sources within the team revealed that Shakib sustained a minor injury during a practice football session. While his full recovery remains uncertain, Najmul expressed confidence in Shakib’s participation in the Afghanistan clash.
After these initial fixtures in Dharamshala, Bangladesh is scheduled to travel to Chennai for their third World Cup match against New Zealand on October 13.
It’s a delightful start to see Dharamsala hosting matches for the upcoming ODI World Cup, with the arrival of the Bangladesh cricket team signaling the commencement of this exciting event. Hosting international cricket matches in such a picturesque location is a treat for both players and fans alike. The matches lined up in Dharamsala promise some thrilling encounters among top cricketing nations.
The Bangladesh team arrived at Dharamsala’s Gaggal Airport via a special flight on Tuesday, receiving a warm welcome at Hotel Radisson Blu with Himachali traditions. Tomorrow, their opponents for the first match on October 7, the Afghanistan cricket team, is set to arrive. Cricket enthusiasts are eagerly looking forward to the ODI World Cup matches scheduled for this city.
The schedule for matches in Dharamsala is as follows:
Bangladesh vs. Afghanistan on October 7
England vs. Bangladesh on October 10
South Africa vs. Netherlands on October 17
India vs. New Zealand on October 22
Australia vs. New Zealand on October 28
As the world turns its attention to Dharamsala, the ICC World Cup matches scheduled here are poised to create lasting memories for players and fans alike. The beauty of cricket lies not only in the game itself but also in the unique experiences and camaraderie it fosters, and Dharamsala is set to play a starring role in this cricketing spectacle.