<div class="img-caption-wrap "> <img alt="India vs England 2012-13: The Dalai Lama to miss Dharamsala ODI" src="https://st2.cricketcountry.com/wp-content/uploads/cricket/image_20130125200613.jpg" title="India vs England 2012-13: The Dalai Lama to miss Dharamsala ODI" /> <p class="imgcaptionnew" style="width:618px;"> The Dalai Lama was the centre of attraction during the 2011 IPL matches held at Dharamsala © Getty Images</p> </div> <strong>Dharamsala: Jan 25, 2013</strong><br /> <br /> Tibetan spiritual leader the Dalai Lama will give the first international cricket match at Dharamsala on Sunday a miss, an aide said on Friday.<br /> <br /> "His Holiness returned to Dharamsala this morning after two months. He will not be present for the match," Tenzin Taklha, joint secretary at the Dalai Lama's office, told IANS.<br /> <br /> "There will be no public audience by the Dalai Lama till mid-February, except his short visit to Allahabad Feb 3 for Kumbh."<br /> <br /> Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (<a href="/tags/HPCA/post" target="_blank">HPCA</a>) officials said they had invited the spiritual leader for the match.<br /> <br /> During the 2010 and 2011<a href="/tags/IPL/post" target="_blank"> IPL</a> editions, the Nobel Peace Prize winner was the centre of attraction during the matches here.<br /> <br /> Dressed in a traditional maroon robe, the Dalai Lama, in his typical jovial style, patted the players on their back.<br /> <br /> "My knowledge of cricket is zero. As a monk when I was growing up in the Potala Palace (in Tibet), I used to play ping pong (table tennis). But seeing the enormous response of the Indian fans towards the game, I am quite impressed. So many are enjoying, so I am enjoying," he had said.<br /> <br /> Meanwhile, the England cricket team Friday visited the hilltop Tsuglagkhang temple, close to his official palace at McLeodganj, nine kilometers from here.<br /> <br /> The Dalai Lama has lived in India since fleeing his homeland in 1959. The Tibetan exile administration is based in this northern hill station.