Indian Cricket Team Leaves Hotel But Not Manchester Because Return Tickets Are Not Available Till 14 July

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The Indian team left their team hotel in Manchester on Thursday, after they were knocked out of the World Cup. However, the Men in Blue were left stranded in the city because their tickets could not be arranged after their ‘sudden’ World Cup exit.

Team India, which lost the first semi-final against New Zealand by 18 runs will now have to stay in Manchester till Sunday, 14 July, after their tickets could not be arranged on time.

A BCCI official close to the team has told “Most of the boys will be in Manchester till July 14 and leave from there. Tickets are being booked after the campaign came to an end yesterday.

The BCCI tried its best but the tickets could not be arranged on time and as per reports it will only be arranged on or after Sunday, July 14 – the day England and New Zealand will play in the World Cup final at Lord’s.

While a few players are set to return to India, some others are expected to stay back or leave for different destinations for a two-week break after being on the road for the past seven weeks.

“The players will start leaving in batches and groups to their preferred destination as per availability of tickets,” a BCCI source told PTI.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose future is the subject of swirling speculation after what is being considered his last assignment in national colours, is expected to return to his hometown Ranchi after a few days.

Skipper Virat Kohli, at the end of the match on Wednesday, asserted that Dhoni has not told him anything about his future plans but it is learnt that an announcement on it might come once the 38-year-old returns home. The team has been together since reporting in Mumbai on May 20 before leaving for the United Kingdom the next day.

The West Indies series will be India’s next challenge after the World Cup and some of the senior players like Virat Kohli and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah are expected to be rested for the limited-overs leg of the series. The two, however, are expected to be back for the two-match Test series as that will be the start of the Test Championship.

Published by Amrit Santlani on 12 Jul 2019

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