The Indian Cricket team players will now travel on a business class when they are on national duty after Board of Cricket Control of India (BCCI) had accepted the proposal to upgrade the travel.
Many cricketers including India captain Virat Kohli had raised various issues faced while travelling which included getting mobbed by fellow passengers and less leg space.
Earlier, former World Cup winning captain Kapil Dev also advised to having their plane, as it will save a lot of time.
“Now that BCCI is making good money, it should have its own plane. It will save a lot of time and make life easier for Team India. The board can afford it. They should have done it five years ago,” the former all-rounder said while talking to TOI.
Kapil Dev also talked about players owning their own aircrafts as it will give them much-needed rest in between matches.
“I would also love to see some cricketers buying their own aircrafts in the days to come. In the US, top golfers have their own planes. I don’t see any reason why our players can’t buy it as it will save them a lot of time. I also believe that if BCCI owns planes, the players will get enough rest between matches. I am sure BCCI can also afford the parking charges,” he further added.
Earlier, only the captain and the team coach had the privilege of travelling on a business class flight.
BCCI’s acting president CM Khanna while talking to ANI after the meeting said,
“The proposal has been approved in a recently-held meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) in Delhi. The proposal approved in COA meeting regarding business class travel for all cricketers for their domestic flights on and off series.”
After having a good series against the New Zealand side, the Virat Kohli led Indian team will now take on Sri Lanka in a series across all the formats, commencing from 16th November at Eden Gardens with a five-day Test match.