Skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Jharkhand cricket team were rescued safely after a fire broke out at the 5-star hotel where they were staying in Dwarka, New Delhi. The incident happened on the morning of March 17. The team is in Delhi to play their semi-final match against Bengal for Vijay Hazare Trophy.
“A call was received around 6.30 AM about a fire breaking out at Welcome Hotel. Thirty fire tenders were rushed to the spot and the fire was doused by 9.45 AM. Cooling operations are on,” said a senior official from Delhi Fire Services.
The team was having breakfast when they were evacuated. Around 550 people were staying at the hotel, according to Police sources.
“The incident took place just before the Jharkhand cricket team was set to leave for net practice,” Deputy Commissioner of Police (South-West) Surendra Kumar said.
The BCCI confirmed that all the players and match officials are unhurt and safe but said the players were not in a position to play the match.
“Yes, it was scary as a fire broke out early in the morning. We were evacuated and brought to the ground,” Jharkhand coach Rajeev Kumar said.
The second semi-final of Vijay Hazare Trophy which was to be held on March 17 at the Airforce Complex ground, Palam between Jharkhand and Bengal have been rescheduled and the venue has been shifted to Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium in New Delhi on March 18 due to security reasons.