Mumbai attacks: Call for security Summit to save cricket

Published: Friday, December 5, 2008, 11:46 [IST]
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Melbourne:  The Federation of International Cricketers' Associations" (FICA), which is headed by former Australian off-spinner Tim May, has proposed a security summit to save cricket in the subcontinent following the Mumbai terror attacks.

The issue will top the agenda at the executive meeting of the Federation of International Cricketers" Associations" in Kuala Lumpur next week.

"Obviously, it is a relatively volatile landscape at the moment. The overwhelming direction that is coming through from players is that they totally understand how important it is for cricket to continue to be played in the subcontinent, and that is not from a selfish point of view in terms of player wages, it is also about the whole game," news.com.au quoted May, as saying.

 “It is obviously very lucrative to play IPL (Indian Premier League), ICL (Indian Cricket League), Champion"s League or whatever in India, but what we are trying to address is on a larger scale.

“It is imperative for cricket to continue in that region because there"s a lot of countries whose financial survival is dependent upon revenues that are generated within that particular territory.

“At the end of the day, there will be a process that hopefully will get all the stakeholders together to run some sort of security summit."

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