The Indian cricket team will now fly only business class even during domestic travel.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India has approved a proposal to upgrade the team’s air-travel from economy to business class. The proposal was mooted by the BCCI acting president CK Khanna after players have reportedly complained about fans disturbing them during the flights for autographs and clicking pictures.
“The proposal has been approved in a recently-held meeting of the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators in Delhi. The proposal approved in CoA meeting regarding business class travel for all cricketers for their domestic flights on and off series,” Khanna is reported as saying.
Earlier, Kapil Dev had suggested the BCCI to buy an aircraft for the team’s domestic travel. The former India captain has said the step will reduce travel time and resulting fatigue in amidst the team’s busy schedule. “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,” Kapil had reportedly stated.
“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,” said the World Cup-winning captain, adding that such a move will also generate a few more jobs.
After beating New Zealand in the ODI and the T20I series, Kohli-led India is now scheduled to take on Sri Lanka for a three-match Test series. The first Test starts on November 16 at Eden Gardena in Kolkata. The Test series will be followed by three ODIs and as many T-20 internationals before the islander fly home on the Christmas eve.