Hurricane Warning Leaves Team India Stranded In Barbados

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Hurricane warning leaves team India trapped in Barbados after T20 World Cup 2024 triumph

After winning the prestigious T20 World Cup 2024 trophy, Rohit Sharma’s led Indian cricket team has been forced to stay in Barbados due to hurricane warnings.

On 29th June 2024 (Saturday), the men-in-blue claimed their second T20 World Cup title by securing a 7-run victory against South Africa. This was a crucial victory for Team India to end their 11-year ICC trophy drought, since their previous victory in the 2013 Champions Trophy. 

Since the Indian cricketers are struck in the Caribbean nation, the BCCI secretary Jay Shah officially confirmed that the board is planning a felicitation for the entire team after they reach India, only if the travel plans are clear.

A devastating Category 4 storm of Hurricane Beryl was expected to pass through Barbados on Sunday night (30th June) according to the local timings as the center of the storm was approximately 80 miles off the south coast.

Currently, the Indian cricketers are staying at the Hilton hotel and initially planned for a charter flight to travel directly home. But, the airports were closed since Sunday evening. However, the South African cricketers departed earlier on Sunday.

Hurricane Beryl: An extreme threat in the Caribbean nation

According to the reports presented by the US National Hurricane Center (NHC), it is stated that Beryl is highly dangerous. It is a warning sign indicating a life-threatening situation and a flash flood which was expected to occur on Monday (1st July).

On Sunday night, the Beryl was estimated around 150 to 160 miles approximately to the southeast of Barbados, with a maximum and consistent wind speed of 130 mph. Based on the prediction provided by the NHC, the Beryl could maintain its strength as it moves through the Windward Islands and eventually moves into the eastern side of the Caribbean nation.

Also, the NHC has issued Hurricane warnings for several islands located in the Caribbean islands which include Barbados, St. Vincent and the Grenadines, St. Lucia, Grenada, and Tobago. There are chances that the storm might bring devastating wind damage to areas in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, and Grenada.

Additionally, the Caribbean authorities have started to take serious precautions after the NHC strictly warned about the flash flood risks with 3 to 6 inches of rain approximately to occur across Barbados and Windward Islands. As a result, the authorities in Tobago have decided to increase the shelters, declare holidays to the schools, and cancel optional surgeries in hospitals.

Furthermore, the forecast reports suggested that a larger and more dangerous swelling was expected to threaten the southern coasts of Puerto Rico and Hispaniola.

Mainly, the NHC advised the residents and authorities in the above-mentioned affected areas to prioritize the emergency preparations and pay attention to all the warnings and travel orders, which can enhance the safety measures against Beryl.

Indian Cricket Team’s Original Travel Plan from West Indies to India

According to the initial travel plan, the Indian cricket team was supposed to travel via Emirates flight from Bridgetown to New York and then take a short break in Dubai before reaching India.

Due to the present situation, there was an alternative plan to bring back the Indian cricketers home through a charter flight, so that they could travel from here (Barbados) and reach Delhi (India) directly. Unexpectedly, a total of 70 individuals, consisting of the Indian players and their family members, coaching staff, and match officials were trapped in Barbados due to harsh weather conditions.

Conclusion: Team India Stranded

The Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi congratulated Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Rahul Dravid via phone call after triumphing in the T20 World Cup 2024 tournament. However, the compliment would have been more encouraging if the cricketers had visited the Indian PM directly. Unfortunately, the harsh weather conditions halted their travel and felicitation abruptly. 

According to the latest reports, there are plans arranged for the defending champions to meet the PM after returning to India, but it depends upon the available dates to travel by flight to reach back home.

Earlier, a few players of the T20 World Cup 2024 winning squads such as Yashasvi Jaiswal, Shivam Dube, Rinku Singh, Sanju Samson, and Khaleel Ahmed were scheduled to travel to Zimbabwe for the 5-match T20I series starting from 6th June. Based on the latest weather conditions, these cricketers might miss out on the first match if an alternative travel arrangement isn’t implemented. Since the airports are closed, the BCCI remains in a state of dilemma on how to bring back their players safely and is coordinating with several departments to prepare a suitable travel plan.

Finally, the Indian fans are eagerly waiting for the new world champions to safely land on Indian soil and celebrate one of the joyful moments after winning the most awaited T20 World Cup 2024 trophy.