A strenuous journey, prolonged by transit layovers at Hong Kong and Auckland, was followed by baggage-collecting hassles and rain as the Indian team arrived in Christchurch for series against New Zealand.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men struggled to collect their suitcases and cricket kits at the Auckland airport after enduring a 10-hour flight from Hong Kong.
They waited for another three hours at Auckland before boarding a flight for here, making it a bone-weary 27-hour trip from Mumbai.
Missing a luggage-handler, the players were left to carry their suitcases themselves.
“I know the players’ problem. It needs to be addressed. Hosts countries have often said that they can’t appoint such people because of security problems. But I will write to them and convince them to do something about this,” said team administrative manager Niranjan Shah, a former BCCI secretary.