Mumbai: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is the richest cricket board in the world currently due to the passion for the game in the country. At present, in world cricket, the BCCI has a monopoly. The board has booked a chartered flight for Team India for the tour of the West Indies, which will cost around Rs 3.5 crore. The men in blue will be in action on Caribbean soil for three ODIs and five T20Is series.
The Indian team didn’t land in the country after finishing the series in England. They travelled to the West Indies from England.
The Indian cricket team boarded a flight from Manchester on Tuesday afternoon to land at Port of Spain (the capital of Trinidad and Tobago). The COVID-19 was not the reason for chartering the plane; rather, it was a difficult task to book a large number of tickets in a short period of time.
It was difficult to book so many tickets on a commercial flight that would carry the 16 players and support staff, including head coach Rahul Dravid. As per the sources, the wives of several players are also accompanied by them.
A chartered flight is more expensive. Normally, the fare on a commercial aircraft would be around Rs 2 crore for a business class ticket from Manchester to Port of Spain.