Australian cricketers ‘forced’ to load own luggage upon arrival in India
MUMBAI: The Australian cricket team arrived in India for their four-Test series against at the host, but an unusual sight at the airport immediately caught the media spotlight.
As soon as the Aussie players landed at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International airport, Mumbai, they were spotted hauling their own luggage on a tempo, contrary to a normal practice when baggage handlers ensure the kit bags are transported to a vehicle or in the baggage storage area of the team bus.
Former India spin legend Bishan Singh Bedi was quick to react to the incident and he slammed the BCCI.
— Makarand Waingankar (@wmakarand) February 14, 2017
@wmakarand It only reflects BCCI’s appalling non-cooperation..deplorable! Whither Indn warmth/hospitality fr ‘Atithi Bhavna’…?!
— Bishan Bedi (@BishanBedi) February 14, 2017
“It only reflects BCCI’s appalling non-cooperation..deplorable! Whither Indn warmth/hospitality fr ‘Atithi Bhavna’…?!” Bedi tweeted responding to the picture sent to him via Twitter.
According to Hindustan Times report, BCCI has no role in providing loaders to visiting teams. It is also the case when the Indian team travels outside the country where loading the luggage is the responsibility of the support staff members and not of the hosting cricket board.
Australia kick off their tour with a three-day game against India A at the Brabourne Stadium on Thursday. The Aussies lost 0-4 when they last toured India in 2012-13.