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Wed 15 May 2019 12:37 PM

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Emirates airline set to fly Indian cricket team to ICC World Cup 2019

Board of Control for Cricket in India had booked the team to fly with the now grounded Jet Airways

Emirates airline set to fly Indian cricket team to ICC World Cup 2019
In March this year, former Indian cricketer and Member of the Men’s World Cup 2011 winner Virender Sehwag, along with Emirates-sponsored Lancashire team players Tom Bailey and Saquib Mahmood, helped to launch the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 themed Emirates A380 livery aircraft out of the Emirates engineering hangar.

Emirates airline looks set to fly India’s World Cup cricket squad to London next week.

India, one of the favourites for the competition, were booked to fly with Jet Airways but following the recent grounding of all flights, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had to make last minute change in the travel plans and switch to Emirates airline, according to reports in Indian media.

The team, led by captain Virat Kohli, will depart for London on May 22 on an Emirates flight from Mumbai, via Dubai, to London. The BCCI has been contacted by Arabian Business for comment.

Since the grounding of Jet Airways, air fares from India have been soaring, which meant switching carriers wasn't as easy as normal. 

“It’s a challenge but we are addressing it. The team will leave as planned on or before May 22,” a BCCI official was quoted as saying by India media.

India’s first warm-up fixture is scheduled to be played on May 25 against New Zealand. India’s opening match in the tournament is against South Africa in Southampton.

Emirates, which is partner airline of the International Cricket Council, will be flying most of the national teams to the tournament in the UK.

The tournament will run from May 30 to July 14, 2019.

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