True Kashmiri coach Robertson and his family start for Scotland
KOLKATA: Royal cashmere coach David Robertson and five other UK citizens, including his wife Kym, son and club defender Mason, are finally on their way home.
As reported by IANS, the six stranded British citizens began their long journey on the road from Srinagar to Amritsar through Jammu at 5 a.m. on Wednesday morning.
They should reach Jammu sometime. They will rest at my house in Jammu and from there they will leave for Amritsar in a couple of hours after that. It will take approximately three and a half hours to reach Amritsar. British High Commission has arranged a hotel for the six of them in Amritsar. Tomorrow at 3:30 p.m. they fly back. It is a British Airways direct flight from Amritsar to Heathrow (London)," Royal cashmere co-owner Sandeep Chattoo he said to IANS.
The six of them started from Srinagar in a bus arranged by Royal cashmere .
Earlier, the British High Commission seeked permission from the Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) to ensure their transit to Amritsar. The British government had decided last month to organise special charter flights for airlifting its citizens stranded in India.
But the wait was long for Robertson, Kym, their son Mason, along with English midfielder Kallum Higginbotham and support staff members James Lindsay and Jonathan Craig They were all trapped in Srinagar due to the national closure on March 25.
Robertson has been eager to return home to his mother Muriel in Aberdeen, who is undergoing chemotherapy.
Nigerian captain Loveday Enyinnaya, Zambian Aaron Katebe and Ivorians Bazie Armand and Gnohere Krizo are still trapped in Srinagar and there are no updates yet on when they can return to their respective countries in Africa.
Under Robertson, Royal cashmere finished fourth this season with 22 points from 15 matches. The I-League was called off with matches remaining due to the COVID-19 pandemic which has brought the world to a standstill. Mohun Bagan, who had won the league with four rounds to spare, were declared champions.