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British Deputy High Commission in Chandigarh & HPCA Hosts Cricket Reception in Dharamshala

British Deputy High Commission in Chandigarh, along with the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), co-hosted a cricket reception at the Dharamshala cricket stadium to commemorate the commencement of the 5th Test Match between England and India in Dharamshala.

The gathering, graced by dignitaries from government, business, civil society, and sports, featured the presence of British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, and the host, Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh, Caroline Rowett.

Distinguished attendees included BCCI President Roger Binny, Indian Premier League chairman Arun Dhumal, and HPCA Secretary Avnish Parmar.

The occasion showcased the bonds between the UK and Himachal Pradesh through culinary delights, beverages, and cultural exchanges, while emphasizing trade, investment, education, and tourism prospects in the UK.

Caroline Rowett, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh, remarked, “The UK and India share numerous common interests. A shared passion for sports, particularly cricket, serves as a unifying force between our nations. Events like these underscore the robustness of the ‘Living Bridge’ – the interpersonal connections between our two countries.”

In celebration of International Women’s Day, British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, and Chandigarh Deputy High Commissioner, Caroline Rowett, participated in a friendly cricket match with local women cricketers at the Himachal Pradesh cricket training center.

Rowett expressed, “Participating alongside local women cricketers today was more than just a game; it was about acknowledging that women can and do excel in sports – across all disciplines – at an international level. Girls need role models in sports, as in other aspects of life. In the UK, several initiatives, like Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign, are fostering increased participation among women and girls in physical activities. I hope our friendly match today will inspire more girls and women to engage in or resume physical activity.”

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