India beat England by 3 wickets in the 1st ODI    AFP
India beat England by 3 wickets in the 1st ODI AFP

After crushing England in the first One-Day International (ODI) by successfully chasing down 351, Team India are scheduled to play the second ODI at Cuttack. But the team faced a bizarre situation that made them stay back in Pune, despite the first match getting over on Sunday. The second ODI of the series is to be played at Barabati Stadium and the reason behind ViratKohli and his men had to stay back in Pune was ‘lack of hotel rooms in Cuttack’. As reported by CricketNext, the hotel where Indian were supposed to stay is already booked for wedding purposes and rooms will be available from only Wednesday a day before second ODI.

Odisha Cricket Association (OCA) secretary Ashirbad Behera said that lack of hotel rooms has forced the team to stay back in Pune. The team will be coming to Cuttack on Wednesday morning at 11.30am and train around 4 pm in the afternoon. Actually, the hotel is overbooked till Tuesday and there are no rooms available for the teams. But rooms are available from Wednesday and so the delay in the travel plans, said Behera. One of the team member said that the team will do their training in Pune on Tuesday after a day’s break.

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Talking about the preparations for the second ODI, Behera added, Everything is in order and we are hoping that the match will be a great success just like the first ODI in Pune. As for the hotels, we can t really help when it comes to these things. We can only book rooms when we have it available.”

The last time an international match was staged at Cuttack, crowd trouble forced two interruptions during the India-South Africa T20I in October 2015. India were bowled out for 92 and the crowd were livid with the same.