Team India will play three ODIs against the West Indies, and then there will be five T20Is. Rohit Sharma, the visitors’ regular captain, and a few other first-choice players won’t be there for the ODIs. Shikhar Dhawan will lead the Indian team, and Ravindra Jadeja will be the vice-captain.
India had played three T20Is and as many ODIs in England before this tour, and they had to go straight from England to the Caribbean nation. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is known to have spent a huge amount of INR 3.5 crore to get 16 of its players to the West Indies, where they will play white-ball matches against each other. For the players to get from England to the West Indies, the board had to set up a private flight.
India went from Manchester to Port of Spain
A BCCI official said that a chartered flight had to be booked because there were so many people on the Indian team, including the wives of the players and the support staff. “The BCCI paid Rs 3.5 crore for the chartered flight that took Team India from Manchester to Port of Spain, which is the capital of Trinidad and Tobago, at 11.30 pm IST on Tuesday.
Covid-19 wasn’t the reason why a private flight was booked for the team. It’s hard to get so many people on a commercial flight. The Indian team has 16 players and support staff, including head coach Rahul Dravid. The wives of some players are also going to the Caribbean,” the official told the Times of India.
“Normally, this cost would have been around Rs 2 crore for a commercial flight. A ticket from Manchester to Port of Spain in business class would cost about Rs 2 lakh. A chartered flight costs more, but it seems like the best choice. Now, most of the best football teams have charters,” he said.
As was already said, Rohit Sharma, India’s regular captain, will not be able to lead the team during the ODI series. But during the T20I series, he will be in charge of the Men in Blue. Virat Kohli, a well-known batsman, will not be on the tour. Instead, the new players will get a chance to show what they can do on an international level.