My passion for sports, cricket in particular, is known to everyone. My father wanted to me to become an army officer and serve the nation. In my schooling days though, my love for cricket blossomed and I grew with it. Watching my father serve the people of Himachal Pradesh inspired me to do the same. Having a stature in governmental office, I strive to encourage sports to develop and nurture potential talent in our country. In my authority, I came across many youngsters who aspired to make a career in their choice of sport but did not have the means to it. This urged me to work harder towards providing the required infrastructure and sports facilities that the youth can benefit from.
In recent times we have seen a number of brilliant talents from smaller towns in the country. There is potential but lack of infrastructure. My journey to have a world class infrastructure for cricket in Himachal Pradesh lead me to the creation of Dharamsala Cricket Stadium. With the total investment of approx. more than Rs.80 Crores, this Ultra-Modern Cricket Stadium has all the facilities like gymnasium, indoor practice area and sauna etc. apart from the World Class cricket ground. It is regarded as one of the best indoor cricket stadiums and rehabilitation centers.
This is my dream project as it is associated with my urge to groom potential talent in the field of cricket. It is only with facilities of international standards, we can expect world class talent. I have promoted cricket in Himachal Pradesh by organizing a series matches with innovative themes. It is my fondness for sports that has trusted me with responsible positions like
• President Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association.
• Became youngest President of Himachal Pradesh State Cricket Association at the age of 25.
• Became youngest national selector at the age of 26 years in the year 2001 to select Indian Junior Cricket teams.
• President of State Rifle Association, Himachal Pradesh.
• General Secretary, Himachal Pradesh Olympic Association.
• General Secretary, Hockey Himachal Pradesh.
• Executive Member, India Olympic Association.
• Joint secretary, BCCI
I became member of National Junior Selection Committee of BCCI in the year 2001 when I was just 26 years of age. I am the proud selector of players like Irfan Pathan, Parthiv Patel, Dinesh Kartik, Suresh Raina, R.P Singh, Piyush Chawla, Robin Uthapa, Ishant Sharma and Rohit Sharma etc.
This, for me, is just the start, I am planning to build 12 national level cricket stadiums at each district head-quarter with an approx. budget of Rs. 50 crores earmarked for the same in the coming three years.