The players find travelling by train more convenient and time saving. They, including skipper Virat Kohli, and the team management had urged the board to make arrangements to commute by trains than taking flights in England.
The BCCI will again look into the request made by the national team for travel by rail in England during the World Cup, national daily Indian Express has reported. In a review meeting, held before the West Indies Test series in September last year which was attended by skipper Virat Kohli, vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, senior player Rohit Sharma, coach Ravi Shastri and chairman of selection committee MSK Prasad, the players had made this specific request.
The CoA was initially unwilling to agree to the request because of security concerns.
However, Kohli had reportedly informed the board that the England team also travelled by train. The Indian players want a compartment to be blocked and booked for the players.
The CoA was worried about travelling Indian fans mobbing the train but eventually, the committee agreed under the condition that the CoA or BCCI won’t be held responsible if anything untoward happens.
The BCCI will now re-look into the request made by the team management. The BCCI had expressed its concerns over the safety and security of Indian cricket’s fans in the world cup.
The ICC World Cup 2019 will be played in England and Wales from May 30.