Stumped out over possession of the scenic Dharamshala cricket stadium and run out at the Pavillion hotel, it needs to be credited that none other than a young and aspiring sports administrator Anurag Thakur conceived and executed the project, much to the dismay of his opponents both political and personal.
Surely a rule must have been bent here, a nod from the powerful political patron his father Prem Kumar Dhumal, then the chief minister, may have facilitated construction of a cricket ground in the Dhauladhars and today for want of more pressing issues, the pitching ground and the luxury hotel are in the thick of controversy.
Must say there could be many more such grounds across the vast Himalayan landscape of Himachal but surely no political leader or state sports administrator has even attempted to exploit such venues.
Hounding Anurag Thakur and gang for control of Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association, for neutralizing the political mileage the ground did give them or whatever the grudges may be, it needs to be conceded that the ground is indeed a world class cricket infrastructure, testified by many international players.
Turning it into a de facto private ownership is what has everybody and anybody in politics messing around with sports eyeing control of the power cricketing body. Names of many scions of political families are doing the rounds as a possible replacement to Anurag Thakur, who could head the HPCA.
HPCA functioning as a state within a state may have been audacious that has attracted the states fury, but lest we bury it all in a scandal, it needs to be acknowledged that a small piece of land, high up in scenic mountains, has brought much value to Himachal Pradesh and in a short span become iconic of the state.
Surely others could do better by creating better infrastructure and it need not be sports infrastructure.