Pakistan team left stranded at Gujarat airport

According to reports, Pakistan team had to wait for about 45 minutes at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport © PTI

Ahmedabad: Dec 27, 2012
 
Pakistan’s national team was left stranded for more than half an hour at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel International Airport as the team arrived in Gujarat for its second T20 clash against India on Friday.
 
According to a report in The Indian Express, the Pakistan team had to wait at the airport for about 45 minutes as no authority from the Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) was present to receive them owing to the swearing in ceremony of Narendra Modi as Gujarat chief minister.
 
The visitors were supposed to board a private bus arranged by the GCA after they landed at the airport. They were taken outside the VVIP entry gate by an airport authority’s bus but later brought inside the airport again, added the airport.
 
A security official was quoted by the newspaper as saying, “For about half-an-hour, the team was in the bus outside the gate. Some of the players got out and were found roaming around the gate. In no time, the place was crowded with curious onlookers and chaos prevailed.”
 
GCA secretary Rajesh Patel blamed the lapse on coincidence of Pakistan team’s arrival and the departure of VVIP guests who attended chief minister’s swearing-in ceremony.
 
He said, “Our liaison officers were present at the airport. The delay happened due to traffic congestion caused by the movement of VVIPs returning from Modi’s function.”