Dalai Lama to give IPL match a miss

Dalai Lama was supposed to watch the IPL match between Punjab and Bangalore Getty Images

Dharamsala: May 16, 2011

Tibetan spiritual leader, the Dalai Lama, who was invited to attend the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday, has decided to give it a miss.

The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) had extended an invitation to the spiritual leader to be the chief guest for the day and night match.

“Dalai Lama will not be present for Tuesday’s match as he has just arrived at Dharamsala following a fortnight-long tour of the US and Japan,” said Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary at the Dalai Lama’s office.

“Dalai Lama is tired after a long foreign tour and wishes to take rest ahead of his lectures in Dharamsala on June 3 and 4. He will deliver lectures on Buddhism in the mornings to Tibetan youth at upper TCV School Auditorium,” Taklha added.

In the previous IPL edition, the Nobel Peace Prize winner had attended the day-and-night encounter between Kings XI Punjab and Chennai Super Kings here, which the visitors won by six wickets to book their place in the semi-finals.

The spiritual leader watched the game with great interest and also held a religious discourse with the players and franchisees.