IPL commissioner rubbishes Warne exit reports

Published: Thursday, May 15, 2008, 3:35 [IST]
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New Delhi: Amidst security concerns after the serial bomb blasts in Jaipur, the IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi has dismissed the reports that Rajasthan Royals' skipper Shane Warne along with his other teammates Shane Watson and Graeme Smith have decided to fly back home.

Modi said all the three players have already started for their next match in Jaipur.

''All the Australian players and the team will play in Jaipur tomorrow. We are looking forward to it. Yes, they were little bothered but now they are assured. They are on their way to the city,'' Modi said.

Rajasthan Royals, who are at the top of the charts in the IPL, will host the Bangalore Royal Challengers on May 17.

Earlier, media reports from Australia indicated that the trio along with team manager Darren Berry were considering to quit the event after the serial blasts rocked the Pink city on April 13.

Modi, however, assured that the security will be hightened adding that the players' accommodation and the Sawai Mansingh Stadium would be completely cordoned off.

''I am not at liberty to describe security arrangements but yes, We have the security arrangements beefed up. We are requesting everybody to come in the stadium without bags, lighters, matches or bottles. Also the players area would be totally cordoned off and nobody would be allowed to go near the players,'' he said.

Modi further added that the players were a little apprehensive but with the assurance, they are quite comfortable now.

''They were in fear about what the situation was. They were looking at media reports and at what was happening. When they came to know about all the arrangements that have been made on the ground, they were quite comfortable and happy with,'' Modi added.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals CEO Fraser Castellino said the players were satisfied with the security arrangements and is closely in touch with the IPL and the state agencies.

''We are working closely with IPL and the state government agencies. We had sniffer dog squads and bomb disposal squads covering the stadium and outer perimeter areas, so we are taking it seriously,'' Castellino said.

''Security is a concern but we are satisfied that sufficient steps are being taken to look into the matter and ensure that no untoward incident happens,'' he added.


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