Special plane lands in Barbados to bring Indian Team home

Around 12:00 PM IST, the flight, bound to bring the Indian players home, landed in Barbados. On Tuesday, BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla revealed that the players were to fly to Delhi on Wednesday evening (local time).

Jul 3, 2024 - 13:34
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Special plane lands in Barbados to bring Indian Team home

The Indian cricket team's return home was delayed even further as the charter flight, which was to come from New Jersey (USA) got late in reaching Barbados. Rohit Sharma's men secured their T20 World Cup 2024 title, defeating South Africa in the final on Saturday, and were to leave for India on Sunday but were forced to remain in the island nation. The Hurricane threat in Barbados forced the government to shut down the airport while all flights were cancelled. Multiple reports on Wednesday morning (India time) suggested that there was a further delay in the Indian team's departure from Barbados. Now the players are likely to land in Delhi on Thursday morning.

Around 12:00 PM IST, the flight, bound to bring the Indian players home, landed in Barbados. On Tuesday, BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla revealed that the players were to fly to Delhi on Wednesday evening (local time), having been stuck in Barbados for three days due to the hurricane.

"Thank God team India is flying back from Barbados this evening to Delhi. Will be reaching tomorrow. They were stuck for three days there because of a massive hurricane. @BCCI has made all arrangements for the safe flight of players back home. BCCI secretary @JayShah himself is monitoring the whole situation," he posted on X (formerly Twitter) on Wednesday.

An Air India special charter flight named AIC24WC -- Air India Champions 24 World Cup -- is set to bring back the Indian squad, its support staff, the players' families, some board officials and Indian media.

As per the schedule, the flight is now expected to take off from Barbados at 4:30 am (local time). It will take a 16-hour flying time to reach Delhi, where the team will land on Thursday at 6 am (IST) if there are no further delays in their departure. The Grantley Adams International Airport resumed its operations on Tuesday. Earlier, the Indian team was scheduled to leave around 6 pm local time on July 2 and arrive at 7.45 pm (IST) on Wednesday.

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