Dharamsala: The recent controversy surrounding the IPL cheergirls notwithstanding, Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) president Anurag Thakur told MiD DAY on Tuesday that the young women are a hit nevertheless. "The other day, one of my staff members at the counters selling match tickets told me that some fans came in with a unique request. When they were asked which stand they wanted tickets for, they replied 'woh cheergirlswala stand' (the stand where the cheergirls are). This just goes to show that the spectators love them," said Thakur.
In a bid to complete their work as soon as possible, the construction workers at the HPCA's upcoming five-star facility The Pavilion ended up disrupting the stay of the Royal Challengers Bangalore here. It is learnt that the HPCA have instructed the contractors to speed up work at the only five --star facility in the city so that cricket body can then invite the International Cricket Council for an inspection following which the HPCA Cricket Stadium could be awarded international status. The facility is nearing completion and the RCB team checked in a couple of days ago. However, disturbed by the noise of the construction work and the incomplete facility, they decided to check out the very next day and moved into the Upper Dharamsala Mcleodganj area. RCB's star batsman Chris Gayle even tweeted about the disturbance. "These ppl can't be serious! 4:35am and construction work going on, hammer knocking etc...this got to be a record ¦ I swear... damn! What next? Sigh," wrote Gayle on Twitter on the eve of the match.
This is the first time the Royal Challengers Bangalore team is visiting the city of Dharamsala the gateway to the temporary residence of Tibetan spiritual leader in exile, the Dalai Lama. And it is learnt that team owner Vijay Mallya is very keen to visit the abode of the Lama here in Mcleodganj, which is just five minutes away from the RCB team hotel.