Visa problem grounds three West Indies-bound players

Updated: 26 June 2009 10:03 IST

Three players selected in the Indian squad for the 4-match ODI series in the WIndies are yet to depart for the Caribbean because of transit visa problems.

Mumbai:

Three cricketers selected in the Indian squad for the four-match ODI series in the West Indies are yet to depart for the Caribbean because of transit visa problems.

Mumbai's Abhishek Nayar and Tamil Nadu's Murali Vijay and Subramaniam Badrinath are the three players who are waiting for their UK transit visas to proceed for the West Indies via London, it was learnt on Tuesday.

"They will get their visas today and are set to leave tonight. They are scheduled to reach Jamaica (venue of the first two ODIs) by tomorrow evening local time," Cricket Board sources said.

The delayed departure will leave the trio, which has not played any top-level cricket after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League on May 24, with very little time to get adjusted to the conditions in the Caribbean prior to the series opener on June 26 at Kingston, Jamaica.

The selection of the 15-strong team was done in London on June 19 and the rest of the team members, led by Mahendra Singh Dhoni, have already reached Jamaica and started practising after India's early elimination from the ICC World T20 competition in England.

India are to play their second to fourth ODIs on June 28 (Kingston, Jamaica), July 3 and 5 (both at Gros Islet, St Lucia).

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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