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Zim tour was not planned well

The Indian team has reasons to be unhappy with the way the present tour has been planned.

india Updated: Oct 06, 2005 12:53 IST

The Indian team has reasons to be unhappy with the way the present tour to Zimbabwe has been planned.

There was a gap of only a day between the tri-series and the present three-day game against Zimbabwe Board eleven.

There is again, effectively only a dayBetween the ongoing three-day matchand the Test in Bulawayosince coming Sunday will be spent on travelling.

Organisationally, this has been a mini disaster. The travel arrangements are too well documented to need a narration here: two days overstay in Harare on arrival when they should have been in Bulawayo and then staying back in Bulawayo when they should have been in Harare in preparation for the tri-series.

In between, there was this 'mishap' on passports of 11 members of the Indian contingent. New ones have subsequently been issued but some members would still prefer their stolen passports since it had long-term visas of United States and United Kingdom.

An appeal in a local newspaper to this effect was advertised by the Indian team management a few days ago.

Agarkar had already boarded his flight for India before he was made to return from Johannesburg airport where he was waiting in transit.

Now Agarkar is back but apparently his luggage could not be disengaged and has gone as intended to Mumbai. The next few days doubtlessly will be spent in sending it across again to Zimbabwe and one could be up for another comedy of errors as a cricketer in Test reckoning lays in waiting without clothes or his kit.

First Published: Sep 12, 2005 15:03 IST