Problem with WC T20? Rahul Dravid, Rohit Sharma And Co. concerned about average facilities: report. The ICC responds

Members of the Indian cricket team are training ahead of the 2024 T20 World Cup.©Twitter

The Indian cricket team on Wednesday began its preparations for the 2024 T20 World Cup in the United States. After the heartbreak of the 2023 ODI World Cup, where India lost to Australia in the final in Ahmedabad, the 2024 T20 World Cup will offer Rohit Sharma and Co. a chance at redemption. India won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2008, but since then they have always returned empty-handed. In fact, when it comes to ICC events, India has failed to win a single trophy since winning the 2013 Champions Trophy, when MS Dhoni was up to the captain.

The T20 World Cup 2024 is therefore a great opportunity for India to end the drought. However, a report in News18 claimed that the Indian cricket team was not happy with the training facilities provided in the United States, one of the hosts of the showpiece event.

“Everything is makeshift – from the grounds to other facilities. It can be said that everything is very average in nature. The team has raised concerns,” a source was quoted as saying by the report. He added that the coach Rahul Dravid is unhappy with the “average” facilities at Cantiague Park, where the team practices. The report also claims to have contacted the ICC regarding the matter. “No complaints or concerns have been expressed regarding the training facilities at Cantiague Park by any team,” the ICC said.

After two months of intense cricket competition under the night lights, the Indian cricket team, without Virat Kohli, began his preparation for the T20 World Cup with a morning practice session, keeping in mind the 10:30 am start of all his preliminary matches. Kohli took a break for personal work after RCB's ouster in the IPL and in all likelihood, he will rejoin the team by Friday. But we do not know if he will be able to participate in the only preparation match against Bangladesh on Saturday after a long flight.

After playing 90 percent of the matches under lights during India's scorching summer, the idea would be to adjust to pleasant mornings where temperatures will hover between 25 and 27 degrees Celsius with very less humidity.

A white kookaburra on slightly windy mornings could be a challenge and to prepare for this, severely jet-lagged bodies need to get used to the morning conditions. And that is why the support staff, before starting technical training (net sessions) on the training grounds of a ground located on the outskirts of the city, decided to help the players to acclimatize to the conditions.

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