HPCA is one of the only two grounds for first class cricket in the state of Himachal Pradesh.
Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium, also known as the HPCA Stadium, is one of the beautiful cricket stadiums of India, located in the city of Dharamsala in Kangra district of Himachal Pradesh. It is located in the Kangra valley, surrounded by the Dhauladhar mountain ranges. Established in 2003, the ground is owned and operated by the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association. It is situated at an altitude of 1,457 meters above sea level and has the mighty snow-capped Himalayan Mountains in the backdrop. The stadium serves as the home ground for the Himachal Pradesh cricket team for the Ranji Trophy matches and other domestic events. It has also hosted IPL matches as the home stadium for Kings XI Punjab. In November 2015, the Dharamsala stadium was chosen as one of the six new Test match venues in India by the BCCI.
The inaugural international game at the stadium was held on 27th January 2013. A One Day International (ODI) at this stadium was played between India and England where England won the match by seven wickets.
The first Test match at the stadium was played from 25 to 29 March 2017 between India and Australia.
In December 2015, Asian Cricket Council resolved to set up Centre of Excellence at Dharamsala.
The first international team to play on this ground was the Pakistani cricket team. The team played a warm-up match against India A side in 2005.