Efforts on to have Mongia flown into to New Zealand

Published: Tuesday, December 31, 2002, 19:44 [IST]
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Kolkata: Left-hander Dinesh Mongia, who has been included in India's World Cup squad, is likely to join the team in New Zealand for the last three matches of the ongoing One-day series.

"The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is trying to send Mongia to New Zealand before the fourth One-dayer on January 7 but everything depends on availability of his visa", BCCI president Jagmohan Dalmiya told on Tuesday. He said there was a problem in obtaining a visa for Mongia because of New Year holidays and that is why nothing can be said with certainty at the moment. Asked about the reasoning behind sending Mongia to New Zealand, Dalmiya said this would give the young left-hander much needed practice before the World Cup because there are fast tracks in that country similar to those in South Africa. Mongia is being sent to New Zealand on a specific request from the team management. "We placed a specific request for Dinesh's inclusion no sooner than his name was included in the squad," said team manager Nathu Ram Choudhary. "Hopefully, he should be on his way to New Zealand soon." Attempts were made to obtain a visa from New Zealand itself but owing to a number of holidays, it will now be handled in India. If all goes well, Mongia could be in New Zealand on January 4 and could take part in the last three One-day Internationals at Wellington (January 8), Auckland (January 11) and Hamilton (January 14).

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