How to join girls cricket in Himachal

Step-by-step advice on pathways, clubs, competitions and coaching for getting into girls cricket and women’s cricket in Himachal.

If you’ve seen the stunning stadium in Dharamsala (either in person or in photos!) with the majestic Himalayas in the background, you’ll agree that any girl who gets to play there is lucky! 

But girls in Himachal are not only lucky that they get to play there, but also live in an academy there and access some of the best facilities available to female cricketers in India. 

The results have been showing for some time. Sushma Verma was the top wicketkeeper in the 2017 World Cup, and Harleen Deol is making her name now. Several others are knocking on the door of the India women’s cricket team, having already made it to India A and Challengers. 

Here’s how you can be like them and fulfil your dream of playing cricket. 

Where to start 

Not everyone has to start getting cricket coaching when they are 6 years old! It’s OK to play other sports and stay active when you’re young. It will prepare you for when you want to take cricket seriously. 

Once you make up your mind about cricket, you can get enrolled in cricket coaching. In Himachal, for this, you don’t have to go to a private centre. You can get into the Himachal Women’s Cricket Academy, which is run by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA). 

Entry to this academy is by trials and talent scouting. There is no fixed age to join: Students are usually between 10 and 19. 

This is a residential facility, so girls can stay in the hostel there while also practising everyday. All their needs are taken care of, as food, stay, kit and training is free. The girls go to local schools or colleges, and parents only need to take care of their fees.  

You can read more about HPCA’s Women’s Cricket Academy here. 

How to get selected for the Himachal women’s team 

Himachal has women’s teams for Under-19, Under-23 and senior age groups. 

The process to be selected to the state team is as follows: Trials → Challengers → Camp → State team 

  • The association invites girls to attend trials on a particular day or days with their documents. Keep an eye out in newspapers and on the HPCA website for the dates and venue. However, remember that HPCA has its own academy, so many of the girls will be coming from there.
  • Selectors watch the players perform on the day and shortlist them, either for a probables camp or a competition.
  • In 2019, a Challenger Trophy was held. Here, the women (of all age-groups) were divided into four teams for a tournament. (This has been interrupted by the pandemic.) 
  • The best players or probables have a camp, and from this group, the final state team is selected. 

Contact HPCA on 01892-229539

College cricket for women in Himachal 

College cricket in the state got a boost in 2018 with it being included in the sports calendar. 

Himachal Pradesh University Simla is active on the inter-varsity circuit and also holds an inter-college competition. Some colleges that take part are: 

  • DAV Banikhet 
  • DAV Kangra 
  • RKMV Shimla
  • Government College Chail Koti
  • Government College Bilaspur 
  • Government College Saraswatinagar 
  • Vallabh Government College Mandi
  • Government College Nalagarh
  • Government College Reckong-Peo
  • Government College Kullu
  • Government College Jogindernagar 
  • Government College Sunni
  • Government College Dharamsala
  • Government College Sanjauli
  • Government College Arki
  • MLSM Sundernagar

Financial aid for girls cricket in Himachal

Aid is mostly available through the HPCA Women’s Cricket Academy, where training, accommodation, and kit is free for all students. 

If you have information on schools, colleges or academies that support girls cricket in Himachal, contact us and we’ll add it to this page!

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