Veteran India all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Team India’s stand-in skipper for the last two ODIs, has requested West Indies Cricket to provide better facilities to visiting sides in the future. The all-rounder opined on the lack of “basic arrangements” during the ongoing tour. Moreover, a few days back, it was reported that Indian players had showed their unhappiness over travel arrangements before the first ODI in Barbados. According to an Indian Express report, some players of the team had written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), requesting it not to book any further night flights due to delay issues as well.
Speaking after India’s convincing 200-run win in the third ODI at the Brian Lara Stadium in Tarouba, Trinidad on Tuesday, Pandya said that the visitors are not happy with the arrangements.
“This was one of the nicest grounds we have played. Things can be better when we come to West Indies next time. From traveling to managing a lot of things. Last year also, some hiccups happened. I think it’s time for West Indies Cricket to take note of it and make sure that when a team travels,” Hardik Pandya said at the post-match presentation ceremony.“We don’t ask for luxury but we need some basic necessities taken care of. Other than that, really enjoyed coming here and playing some good cricket.”
With the comfortable win in Trinidad, the Indian team clinched the three-match series 2-1.
After having lost the second ODI in Barbados, India were under some scanner heading into the decider. However, they stepped up and sealed the deal.
“It’s a special win. To be honest, I look forward to these kinds of games as a captain where there is something on the line. This was more than an international game. We knew what was at stake and there would be a lot of disappointment if we lost. The boys showed great character. They enjoyed it as well; in pressure situations, it’s important to enjoy it as well. You don’t become a hero without handling pressure,” Hardik Pandya concluded.