BCCI plans grand reception for victorious Indian team

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New Delhi, Mar 5 (UNI) BCCI today announced that the victorious Indian team will be greeted with a grand reception at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium here tomorrow.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) vice-president Rajiv Shukla said, ''Lt Governer will felicitate the Indian team at the Feroz Shah Kotla stadium tomorrow at 3 pm.'' ''The team will arrive in Mumbai tomorrow at 11 am from where they will board a Kingfisher flight to Delhi and after the felicitation the players will leave to their respective places,'' he added.

The stadium will be open to the general public to greet the Indian team which will return tomorrow after defeating Australia in the CB series finals.

Delhi District Cricket Association president Arun Jaitely, who was also present in the media briefing said, ''We made a request to the Delhi Chief Minister Ms Shiela Dixit to be present on the occasion but since she is in Kerala on an official visit, Lt Governer and Delhi Mayor will greet the team.'' The BCCI has also declared that the victorious Indian team will be awarded with Rs 10 crores while the selectors for both seniors and under-19 team will be given Rs 10 lakh each.

On behalf of Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association, Rajiv Shukla announced a sum of Rs five lakh for Praveen Kumar and a lakh each for Suresh Raina, Piyush Chawla and Under-19 World Cup star Tanmay Srivastava.

He added that earlier it was decided that the team will be taken from Connaught Place to Feroz Shah Kotla stadium on an open-top bus but since the players are extermely tired after the two-and a-half month long tour, the idea was shelved.


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