St. Kitts, July 7: Anil Kumble's new innings in the Caribbean as Team India's head coach, did not begin well today (July 7). His bags did not arrive with him in St. Kitts after British Airways left them behind in London.
Kumble and the 17-man Indian Test squad landed in St. Kitts on Thursday (July 7). After the team had landed at the airport, the former captain tweeted a picture of himself with few of the players, on the tarmac with British Airways aircraft in the background. However, later he realised that his bags had not arrived at his destination. (Ind-WI series schedule)
"Reached St. Kitts...long flight..@cheteshwar1 @klrahul11 @y_umesh Tour begins @BCCI," Kumble wrote on his Twitter page after landing in St. Kitts.
British Airways' official Twitter handle confirmed that Kumble's bags were "caught behind" in Gatwick Airport in London. Team India had travelled from Mumbai to St. Kitts via London.
"@anilkumble1074 We're sorry your bags are 'not out' to St Kitts! They have been 'caught behind' your flight from Gatwick. We are looking 1/2.
"@anilkumble1074 to 'bowl' you over with our service recovery. 2/2," British Airways wrote in two separate tweets in a witty manner using cricketing terms.
This is not the first time British Airways had said sorry to an Indian cricketer. In November 2015, batting legend Sachin Tendulkar had blasted the airlines after one of his family members' ticket was not confirmed and bagagge was sent to wrong destination.
After this incident, British Airways, on Twitter, had asked Tendulkar for his full name. This attracted angry responses from the fans.
India will play 4 Tests against West Indies from July 21. The tour commences on Saturday (July 9) with a 2-day practice game against West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) President's XI. India won 1-0 when they toured the Caribbean islands last time in 2011.