Australians have no qualms with security in Sri Lanka

Published: Monday, August 12, 2002, 21:55 [IST]
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Sydney: The Australian Cricket Board (ACB) is satisfied with security arrangements for its cricketers in Sri Lanka next month despite the withdrawal of three New Zealanders from the Champions Trophy for safety reasons.

Craig McMillan, Matthew Horne and Brooke Walker were on Monday left out of the New Zealand squad after making themselves unavailable for the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Champions Trophy One-day tournament. The trio was part of the New Zealand squad that abandoned its tour of Pakistan in May when a bomb blast outside its Karachi team hotel killed 14 people. But the ACB, which cancelled its October Test tour of Pakistan last Friday, is satisfied with the security arrangements in Sri Lanka. An ACB spokesman said the 14 players selected for the Champions Trophy from September 12 to 29 had not expressed any concerns about playing in Sri Lanka. Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Tim May said the New Zealand players would have taken a different view than the Australians after their Karachi experiences. "There is a clear differentiation with matters to be considered for Australian players and New Zealand players," May said on Monday. "They might be trying to manage a trauma of the past and, from our perspective, we haven't experienced any of those traumas first hand. "We have gone through an identical process for every tour where we assess security risks and we are quite satisfied with the security that will be offered to the players in Sri Lanka."

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