Root writes classy letter to fans after hotel fiasco
England captain Joe Root has wrote a letter to the English fans, apologizing for the inconvenience caused by the Kandy Hotel.
The English travelling fans, who had booked rooms at the Earl Regency were told a week before the second Test against Sri Lanka that their rooms are no longer available.
The rooms of the teams and officials also had not been confirmed. The Sri Lankan government were left red faced and they tried to dilute the fiasco by insisting that the supporters shift from the hotel to move those involved in game. The earlier option was enforced and England’s travelling fans had to be content with accommodation which was at least a three hour’s drive one way from Dambulla.
The England cricket board were disappointed with what has happened by they were helpless as they can’t do anything when it comes to the accommodation as it depends on the board of the home side.
According to a report on Thursday, Root met with the 100-odd supporters at lunch on day two of the second Test at Kandy, posed with pictures and handed out letter expressing the team’s sympathy and gave them a letter.
The letter says:
“As England Test captain, I would like to thank you on behalf of the team and the ECB for your support here in Sri Lanka. We all feel the loyalty, commitment and passion that you and our travelling supporters show. It is unmatched in world cricket and must never be taken for granted.
So, it has been a huge disappointment to all of us that your plans for the Kandy Test match have been badly disrupted, with your accommodation moved so far from the Earl’s Regency. You would have made your plans some time ago and looked forward to an incredible experience, seeing this country and watching Test cricket.
It was a big surprise to us to hear of Cricket Sri Lanka’s booking issue and the threat that the match itself might be moved altogether. I can assure you that the ECB has made its views clear. “I also know how hard our tour manager here and his colleagues at Lord’s have worked to find a solution and that, whatever additional arrangement made by our hosts, this has had an impact on you and caused difficulties for your trusted tour operators.
As leader of this group of players, I promise that we will do all we can to give you a performance to remember and thank you for your part in this Test match. Thanks too for your continued support – we hope to see you at the ground.”
Meanwhile, Root has received an official reprimand and one demerit point for showing dissent at an umpire’s decision. England ended the day with bowling Sri Lanka out for 336 runs and now they trail by 46 runs.