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IPL scores over ODI cricket in Dharamsala

Dharamsala may be a quiet town but its residents prefer the fast-paced T20 version of cricket they often see in the IPL, with the lack of buzz ahead of the fourth One-day International between India and the West Indies being a clear indicator. While walking around the hill station, one doesn’t get the feeling that India’s madly-loved cricket stars will be playing at the scenic HPCA Stadium after almost two years. The locals and organisers say excitement during the IPL is much more palpable than at the time of an international match.

Mohit Sood, media manager at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), attributed the lack of buzz in the picturesque town to the ongoing festive season. He added that about 12,000 tickets have been sold for the ODI while the seating capacity is 19,500.

‘I think the lack of buzz is because Diwali is round the corner. People especially the tourists are not ready to leave their homes and travel all the way to Dharamsala. The scenes would have been different had the match was organised in a bigger city,’ Sood told PTI on Thursday.
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