‘No night flights’: Indian cricket team in West Indies tells BCCI after long wait at airport

Supposed to take off at 11pm from Trinidad and arrive in Barbados, the team’s flight took off late at 3am and they only reached their next destination at 5am.

India vs West IndiesIndia’s Mukesh Kumar celebrates the dismissal of West Indies’ Alick Athanaze during the fourth day of the second cricket Test match at Queen’s Park in Port of Spain, Trinidad and Tobago, Sunday, July 23, 2023. (AP Photo/Ricardo Mazalan)

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The Indian team expressed its displeasure over the scheduling of the trip from Trinidad to Barbados after the second Test match against the West Indies and asked for no more night flights.

The Indian team was scheduled to take off at 11pm from Trinidad and reach Barbados early in the morning. However, their flight took off late, at 3am, and they didn’t reach their next destination until 5am.

As a result, the Indian team management asked for better planning when they travel to their next destination, asking them to fly in the morning instead of late at night.

The final day of the second Test match could not be completed and rain played a spoilsport as India won the two-Test series 1-0.

“They had left the hotel at 20:40 for the airport and had to wait for a long time at the airport. The team management asked us to book a morning flight instead of a late night flight as the players want some rest after the game. BCCI has agreed to this and plans to revise the next schedule,” informed a BCCI source.

As a result, top players asked the Indian team management for a day off from training in Barbados.

The Indian team will play two ODIs at Bridgetown in Barbados on July 27 and 29 and is scheduled to fly back to Trinidad late on the 29th to play its scheduled third ODI on August 1.

Players who were selected only for the Indian ODI squad like Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Sanju Samson and Umran Mallik have arrived in Barbados and will join other members of the squad.

Camp before the Asia Cup

The Indian team management along with the National Cricket Academy (NCA) have planned a week-long camp in Bangalore just ahead of the Asia Cup.

The Indian squad for the Ireland series is yet to be selected but it is learned that a second string team will fly to Ireland. Those players who are in the mix for the ICC 50 over World Cup will not be part of the Ireland series. The Indian board in a discussion with the selectors and the team management asked to retain the players for the ICC World Cup starting on October 5.

BCCI calls for meeting of state associations

BCCI secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to all the organizations hosting the ICC World Cup 2023, asking them to meet in Delhi on July 27 to take stock of the work done.

“I feel it will be in the interest of all concerned to meet again to exchange notes and take stock of any matter that needs discussion and decision. You are therefore requested to attend a meeting of the confederations hosting the World Cup,” said a letter sent to all state confederations.

First published on: 25-07-2023 at 21:45 IST

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