Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has proclaimed to allow only the chief selectors of the national and junior team to travel through Business class. The rest of the members in the selection panel will now be given economy class tickets. The statement reflects that the newly-appointed India’s national cricket team chief selector Sunil Joshi will only be allowed to travel through the business class.
The five-member national selection panel includes Joshi, Sarandeep Singh, Harvinder Singh, Devang Gandhi and Jatin Paranjpe whereas the junior selection panel is chaired by Ashish Kapoor and also has Debashish Mohanty, Amit Sharma, and the two outgoing selectors Gyanendra Pandey and Rakesh Parikh.
Overseas travel more than seven hours will not follow this rule:
Notably, if any overseas travel takes more than seven hours, the restriction is lifted, however. But for the domestic travel, the new rule will be followed which means the other selectors, barring the chief selector, will have to fly in economy class.
Even the BCCI general manager, Saba Karim, will now travel economy class on domestic flights.
Travelling law was changed after 2013:
Before 2013, the selectors used to travel in economy class but they complained that they felt a sense of unfairness when they travelled with Indian team members for away tours.
So, BCCI made the changes in the policy and the selectors were allowed to travel in business class.
Sporrtzwiki understands that Sourav Ganguly led BCCI might have taken this step to reduce the expenditure.
Earlier, the players also used to travel in economy class for domestic flights. The Indian cricketers complained that they were being mobbed so in 2017, they have approved the request of business-class travel.
Meanwhile, amid the coronavirus outbreak, air travel has been restricted for certain conditions. Even the BCCI’s office has been closed for four days.