Indian team management rewards pacers, top performers with business-class seats
Mohammed Shami's flight seat was upgraded to business class after the Vizag Test (AP Photo)
- Mohammed Shami got a business class seat after the Vizag Test
- Team management has also decided to provide vice-captains with hotel suites instead of normal rooms
- Before this decision, only the Indian captain and coach used to get suites in hotels during home and away series
The Indian team management has decided to reward top performers in every game with business class seats on domestic flights. Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma have already availed this luxury once each while travelling during matches in the ongoing Test series.
Members of the Indian team, including the support staff and management, have decided to reward the top performers in every game with business class seats on flights while the rest of the squad travels in economy.
Pacer Mohammed Shami's seat was upgraded to business class after the first Test against South Africa in Vizag and before that Ishant Sharma was rewarded. India won in Vizag and Pune by 203 runs and an innings and 137 runs respectively, to take an unbeatable 2-0 series lead.
"The entire team can't get seats in business class. Those seats are few in number. So the team management decided to reward business class seats for performers. After the Vizag Test, Shami was given a business class seat. Before that Ishant got it," a BCCI source told The Indian Express.
The players and management have also decided to reward Test and limited-overs vice captains Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma with bigger rooms in hotels during home and overseas tours. Currently only the captain and coach get to stay in suites while the rest of the players stay in normal rooms.
"Now it is decided that the vice-captain should get the third suite as he is the second-most important person in the team," a source said.
India meanwhile, have taken complete control of the third Test in Ranchi and are well on course to sweep the series against South Africa.
After reducing the Proteas to 9 for 2 on Day 2, the Indian bowlers picked up four wickets in the first session on Monday to leave the visitors tottering at 129 for 6 at lunch in reply to India's first innings score of 497 for 9 declared, which they achieved thanks to major contributions from Rohit Sharma (212) and Ajinkya Rahane (115).