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    British Deputy High Commission, HPCA host grand cricket reception in Dharamshala | Action Punjab

    Dharamshala, March 8: In Dharamshala, the British Deputy High Commission in Chandigarh, in collaboration with the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA), organised a reception at the cricket stadium to commemorate the commencement of the 5th Test Match between England and India.

    The event, graced by guests from government, business, civil society, and sports, included the presence of the British High Commissioner to India, Alex Ellis, and the host, Deputy High Commissioner Chandigarh, Caroline Rowett. Prominent figures at the reception comprised BCCI President Roger Binny, Indian Premier League chairman Arun Dhumal, and HPCA Secretary Avnish Parmar.

    Highlighting the connections between the UK and Himachal Pradesh through food, drink, and culture, the reception also emphasised opportunities for trade, investment, education, and tourism in the UK.

    Caroline Rowett, British Deputy High Commissioner, Chandigarh, said, “The UK and India share many interests. A love of sport and of cricket in particular unites both countries. Events like these reflect the strength of the ‘Living Bridge’ – the people-to-people links between our two countries.”


    Friendly Match with Local Women Cricketers

    To commemorate 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 centre.

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    Participating in the match was not merely about playing a game, but acknowledging that women can excel in sports at an international level. Caroline Rowett, British Deputy High Commissioner, expressed, “Joining local women cricketers today was not just about playing a game; it was about recognizing that women can and do play sport – all sports – to an international level. Girls need to have role models in sport as in other areas of life. In the UK, there are a number of initiatives encouraging more women and girls to be active, such as Sport England’s This Girl Can campaign. I hope our friendly match today will encourage more girls and women to start or restart some physical activity.”


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