No plans to cancel India tour: Cricket Australia

Published: Monday, September 15, 2008, 11:59 [IST]
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Melbourne: Australian cricket authorities made it clear that they were satisfied with the security arrangements in India and they will continue with the proposed tour.

On Sunday, CA aroused security concerns after the serial blasts in New Delhi and had sought an urgent report from its security advisors.

Australia is scheduled to play four tests in India, spending the first week in Jaipur preparing at Greg Chappell's Rajasthan Cricket Academy, before the first Test in Bangalore from October 9 and the third Test in New Delhi from October 29.

“The fundamental principle that always comes first is the safety of the team and the team officials," Cricket Australia's public affairs manager Peter Young was quoted as saying.

“There's a standard process for every tour. Such is the way of the world these days that this process is completed before we go anywhere."

Despite the upsurge in terrorism the situation is not considered anywhere near as bad as Pakistan.Australia was one of the nations that declined to tour Pakistan this month for the International Cricket Council's Champions Trophy on security grounds, which led to the tournament being put off by a year.

The specific answer we were given on Pakistan was that it was not safe to go," Young said. "We will take advice on this situation and will make a decision. We expect that to be in the next week or so."

The Australian government's updated travel advice for India is "to exercise a high degree of caution because of the high risk of terrorist activity by militant groups".

Indian cricket officials have reason to be wary of Australia's security concerns.

Ponting's men are expected to spend the first week training in Jaipur, the state capital of western Rajasthan, where 65 people were killed in similar blasts in May.

The blasts, however, did not deter foreign players, including former Australian spinner Shane Warne, from taking part in the Indian Premier League Twenty20 competition which was being held at that time in various cities, including Jaipur.

The southern city of Bangalore, which hosts the first Test, was rocked by eight bombs in July that killed a woman and injured seven.


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