Ravi Shastri (centre): File image Credit: Facebook

Guwahati: Soon after the announcement of cancellation of the first game of the three-match Paytm Trophy T20I series against Sri Lanka, Team India members were seemingly disappointed and reached the hotel silently on Sunday night.

Speaking exclusively with EastMojo over phone, a staffer of Radisson Blu, Chef Vikash, who closely worked with the cricket team all through their stay in Guwahati, revealed that soon after the announcement was made about the cancellation of the match, both the Indian and Sri Lankan players packed up their bags and returned to the hotel.

The Sri Lankan cricket squad at Radisson Blu hotel in Guwahati

“Team India members were much disappointed as it was the first game of their series as they were much excited to play the game amidst the much enthusiastic crowd of the city and also because they came from all across the country to reach here,” Chef Vikash added.

Talking about the diet plans the players had in the hotel during their three-day stay, Chef Vikash informed EastMojo that for breakfast most of them had eggs as it is a quick source of protein. It was usual for the practice day but on the scheduled match day the players chose to have more of carbohydrates, compared to the other days.

“The diet plan was not that strict as that of football players,” he added.

Informing about some of the cuisines the cricket team enjoyed at the hotel, Vikash revealed that they had brown rice, spinach, mushroom and a bamboo shoot dish, among others.

Radisson Blu staffers welcoming Indian team captain Virat Kohli in Guwahati

“The Indian team players appreciated the bamboo shoot dish a lot,” chef Vikash added.

Hailing the services provided by Radisson Blu in past and present days to national and international players of various sports visiting the city for their scheduled games, Vikash expressed that earlier most of the international players were less interested to play games in the region but knowing the catering and hospitable services provided by staffs of the three-star hotel gradually the mindset got changed and they are interested to stay and play games here.

“There are a lot of interesting sports events scheduled to be played in Guwahati and will be revealed in future,” chef Vikash said.

Notably, the scheduled T20 match between India and Sri Lanka at Assam Cricket Association’s Barsapara stadium was called off on Sunday after rainwater seeped in through the covers after a nominal spell of rain, disappointing a strong crowd of 35,000 fans gathered at the stadium.

Meanwhile, the Assam Cricket Association (ACA) released a statement on Monday and said that the organisers will open counters at the venue for two days on January 11 and 12 from 10 am to 6 pm to refund the ticket expenses of customers who purchased them both through online and offline process.

Press statement issued by Assam Cricket Association.

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