Indian and Australian players playing the World Test Championship (WTC) Final 2023 at The Oval wore black armbands as tribute to the victims of the Odisha train tragedy.
The players also observed a one-minute silence before the start of the match as a mark of respect and solidarity.
The Odisha train tragedy had taken place on the 2nd of June, leaving 275 dead and injuring around 1000 people. This was one of the worst train tragedies in decades to take place in India.
“The Indian Cricket Team will observe a moment of silence in memory of the victims of the Odisha train tragedy ahead of the start of play on Day 1 of the ICC World Test Championship final at The Oval. The team mourns the deaths and offers its deepest condolences to the families and friends of all those who tragically lost their lives. To express solidarity with those affected, Team India will wear black armbands,” BCCI tweeted.
Railway officials had earlier indicated that possible sabotage and tampering with the interlocking system led to the accident involving the Shalimar-Chennai Central Coromandel Express, the Bengaluru-Howrah Superfast Express, and a goods train. The investigation into this tragedy has been handed over to the CBI.