Air India flies stranded Indian cricket team to Colombo

The  team arrived at the Bandaranaike International Airport  this afternoon to take part in the tri-nation Compaq Cup one-day international tournament.
Air India operated a special flight from Chennai at 1100hrs today to reach Bangalore from where it picked up the Indian cricketers, including skipper Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and R P Singh, who were busy playing for the Air India team in the BCCI corporate trophy.
"We have operated a Boeing 737-800 of our budget airline (Air India Express) to take the Indian team that was stranded at Chennai airport after their Jet flight was cancelled," Air India spokesman V. Chandrashekar said in a statement.
Most of the Indian cricketers including Sachin Tendulkar, Gautam Gambir, Rahul Dravid, Ishant Sharma, Amit Mishra, Dinesh Karthik, Abhishek Nayar, Ashish Nehra, Yusuf Pathan, Praveen Kumar, Venkatesh Prasad, Robin Singh and coach Gary Kirsten boarded the aircraft at Chennai.
Captain M.S Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh, R.P. Singh and Suresh Raina, who represented Air India in the final match of the inaugural BCCI Corporate Trophy in Bangalore, boarded the flight from Bangalore international airport at Devanahalli, about 40km from the city.
The special flight safely arrived in Colombo at 1.55 p.m. (Sri Lankan time) after departing from Bangalore at 12.40 p.m. IST.


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