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Indians awaiting arrival of new uniforms

January 07, 2004 21:36 IST

The Indian cricket team is hopeful it will tide over the crisis of stolen coloured clothing ahead of the one-day series starting in Melbourne on Friday.

The Indian team management said it was expecting the new set of cricket uniforms, training gear and other related items to reach them soon.

"They are on their way. They are being specially flown in and the agency (Percept D' Mark) is sending it under personal supervision rather than leaving it to any courier agency," said manager Shivlal Yadav.

Midway through the historic fourth Test in Sydney, the Indian team learnt their one-day cricket uniforms, training gear and other items including function attire were stolen by thieves from the courier's warehouse.

Remarkably, by the same evening police had recovered three boxes of India's consignment, closing in on three suspicious looking men of Middle Eastern appearance, according to a New South Wales police spokesman.

The spokesman said they had recovered some boxes full of training gear and other clothing. "It does not appear that all the property has been recovered but the uniforms recovered are the real deal."

Yadav said they could not have left it to a courier agency to deliver the consignment this time as there is little time left before the first ball of the VB Series is bowled at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

A courier agency would have taken at least four days to deliver the next consignment to the Indians in Melbourne and the only option left for the visitors was to fly-in the replacement.

The first match of the triangular series, which has Zimbabwe as the third team, is a day-night affair between India and Australia.

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