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24march2010Dharamshala: Given the pressures of running a government in exile, lecturing around the world, and standing up to the Chinese government, His Holiness the Dalai Lama deserves a day off. On April 18th, his chance to relax will come in the form of an IPL (Indian Premier League) cricket match at the newly built Dharamshala cricket stadium. The office of His Holiness confirmed Tuesday that the 74 year-old political and spiritual leader of the Tibetan community has accepted an invitation from the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) to attend the match as a special guest.

HPCA spokesperson Sanjay Sharma said that the organization "sent the invite as a goodwill gesture. He (His Holiness) is the inspirational head of a sizeable community of the hill town and we would be privileged to have his presence here when a new chapter begins in the history of Dharamsala."

Tibetan leader will preside over a ceremony inaugurating the new building, which holds 20,000 spectators. Afterwards, the Kings XI Punjab and the Chennai Super Kings will take the field for an epic and enjoyable match.

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