CA to review security ahead of India tour: Reports

Published: Tuesday, July 29, 2008, 13:07 [IST]
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Melbourne:  Australia have raised new security concerns about their four-Test tour of Indian subcontinent in October, thanks to serial blasts that rocked major cricketing venues Bangalore and Ahmedabad last week.

Experts from Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) are due to leave for India on Aug 10 for the latest inspection, and may now also take a security consultant.

CA General Manager of public affairs, Peter Young discussed the latest bombings with Chief Executive James Sutherland as the first Test is scheduled in Bangalore, where nine explosions killed two and injured 12 on on Friday night.

"We have a principle which supports a consistent process of having a pre-tour inspection and assessment before every tour," Young was quoted as saying by The Australian.

Tim May, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA), however, said it was unfair to compare the blasts in Indian cities to the situation in Pakistan.

"Pakistan has had 66 suicide bombings within its country over the past 12 months with over 3000 people killed and 17 of those attacks have been in the venues of the Champions Trophy," May said.

Lee's visit to Pak for CT hinges on CA report:  Meanwhile Aussie pacer Brett Lee, who is in New Delhi to attend a launch function of the new collection of Timex watches to which he is a brand ambassodar, said his participation in Champions Trophy depends on the CA's assessment of the security situation in host country.

"I will wait for an official word from Cricket Australia, only then can I say what my perspective is. I still don't know and it's only after CA and the other security agencies tell me, I can decide on the matter," Lee said.

The 31-year-old Indophile, however, has no issues travelling to India despite the recent serial blasts in cities like Bangalore and Ahmadabad.

"Personally I don't have any problem travelling to India but on travelling to Pakistan for Champions Trophy, it is CA that will call the shots," he said.


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