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Groundbreaking! Dharamsala Stadium uses India’s first hybrid pitch during PBKS vs CSK match

Groundbreaking! Dharamsala Stadium uses India’s first hybrid pitch during PBKS vs CSK match

The IPL witnessed a historic moment on May 5th as the PBKS vs. CSK match at Dharamshala's HPCA Stadium became the first on a hybrid pitch in India.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) witnessed a groundbreaking moment on Sunday (May 5), during the match between Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala. This IPL 2024 match marked the historic first instance of a ‘hybrid’ pitch being used in a competitive cricket match under the accreditation of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

A revolutionary step for Indian cricket

This development signifies a major milestone for Indian cricket and is expected to have a significant impact on the quality of cricket played on Indian pitches. The introduction of the ‘SISGrass’ hybrid pitch, made by a Netherlands-based company, reflects the BCCI’s commitment to improving cricket infrastructure in India. This, in turn, will elevate the playing experience for both players and spectators.

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Speaking at the unveiling of the pitch, Mr. Arun Dhumal, Chairman of the IPL, expressed his excitement about this revolutionary step. He highlighted that these advancements ensure not only a sustainable future for the sport but also pave the way for further growth. “I’m thrilled to witness the inauguration of India’s first SISGrass hybrid pitch at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala. This remarkable development showcases the progressive spirit that is driving Indian cricket forward. By adopting innovative solutions like the ICC-approved hybrid pitches, we aren’t just ensuring a sustainable future for the sport, but also building another avenue for growth.”

Mr. Dhumal further commended the Dharamsala Stadium’s dedication to advancements in cricketing infrastructure. The HPCA ground also boasts cutting-edge LED floodlights and the SIS Air System. These steps solidify the HPCA’s position as a leader in creating world-class cricketing facilities.

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