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Players miffed with accommodation

The Indian cricket team complains to its manager that the lodging arrangement in Nottingham is rotten.

cricket Updated: Jul 26, 2007 20:31 IST

Indian cricket team has complained to its manager that it considers the lodging arrangement in this venue for the second Test as completely rotten.

The squad is livid that ahead of the critical second Test with the series evenly poised at nil-all, their accommodation in this city of mythical hero Robin Hood is absolutely unacceptable.

The team has been lodged in a five-star hotel of the city but the specifications of the room leaves much to be desired.

The eight-by-eight rooms are making even the movement of the cricketers inside their rooms an arduous task.

Most of the cricketers, including Sachin Tendulkar, have been put up on the seventh floor where the situation is particularly grim.

Somebody like Ramesh Powar finds himself suffocated in a room which doesn't even have a window and ventilation is an issue in other rooms also.

All individual members of the Indian cricket team are carrying four and even five luggage items on this specific tour.

There is a mandatory 'coffin', a kit bag and two suitcases full of clothes which each and every member of the Indian team is carrying.

The rooms even don't have cupboards where cricketers can keep their clothes or bags.

Team India, it is learnt, has asked manager and former Test captain Chandu Borde to take up the matter with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) about the stifling situation.

The players at present can't see how they could stay at this accommodation for their 10-day stay at this venue.

Niranjan Shah, secretary of the Indian cricket board, confirmed that the players were having inconvenience at the venue and that they had complained the team management.

"The issue was brought to my notice on Tuesday evening and I am immediately took it up with the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB)," said Shah.

He said that an advance party from the Indian cricket board wasn't sent "as it was England and the accommodation was in a five-star hotel."

Shah also took a broadside at Indian cricketers stating that they tended to travel with too heavy luggage whenever accompanying cricket squad in a foreign country.

"Our cricketers sometimes carry too much luggage. It creates its own set of problems," said Shah.

"Some of our cricketers are also travelling with their spouses which not only increases their luggage but also reduces the space in the room."

Rufus Rockey, administrative manager of the Indian team, confessed from Trent Bridge that the issue was brought to team management's notice by the players and that he subsequently swung into action.

"We reacted almost immediately on it and I am glad to say most of the issues are being attended to at the moment."

It is only a continuation of a long-held belief among the Indian cricketers that their tour arrangements in the Old Blighty are never up to scratch.

There is an audible grievance among the Indian cricketers that they have to haul their own baggage at all places on tour to England.

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