Indian cricket tour likely
WARNINGS of terrorist attacks in India are being taken seriously but the head of Cricket Victoria expects the Champions League Twenty20 tournament to go ahead next month.
Shaun Graf, who is in Lismore with the Victorian side who are playing a triangular series with NSW and Tasmania at Oakes Oval, said his organisation was in regular contact with the Australian Government concerning travel to the subcontinent.
“We will be based in Delhi for the initial matches and there is Hyderabad and Bangalore as well. There has been an upgraded threat assessment for Mumbai but there are not teams involved there,” he said.
“So we're just monitoring it (the situation) on behalf of the whole touring group from a Victorian point of view with DFAT (Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade) and with the Immigration Department and I know the ACA (Australian Cricketers Association) is keeping a close eye on things as well.
“They've contacted all the players that are involved in the series from NSW and Victoria to inform them what's going on and in the end we'll be guided by the experts.”
The threat is being taken seriously by Victorian Premier John Brumby who cancelled a visit to Mumbai.
“I guess there is always a bit of a concern when you are going to the subcontinent, bearing in mind what happened in Pakistan with the Sri Lankan team,” Graf said.
“There are a few young players which certainly, from a parents' point of view, would be worried going to the subcontinent if there is an increased threat.”
Graf said Cricket Victoria was confident with the security arrangements put in place by the organisers.SHOULD THE AUSTRALIAN CRICKET TEAM GO TO INDIA? Phone 6624 3266 or SMS 0428 264 948