Oram hesistant about playing IPL

Published: Wednesday, March 4, 2009, 15:41 [IST]
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Oram voices IPL concerns

Christchurch: Kiwis all-rounder Jacob Oram has apprehensions about playingn IPL after the attack on Sri Lankan players at Lahore on Wednesday.

Oram plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings and he believes the bombings in Mumbai last year and the incident in Lahore, means tough individual decisions are going to have to be made ahead of the competition which begins in April.

"I think before (Mumbai) I would have had no worries going to India but now I think there are definite questions to be asked," said Oram.

He added: "(Players Association executive manager) Heath Mills, the players' association, FICA (Federation of International Cricketers' Associations) and the ICC (International Cricket Council) are looking into security measures there because last year at the IPL it was such a circus feeling and the fanfare was amazing, that you almost forgot where you were.

"Now reality has hit home and you know that you are in the sub-continent and things that we take for granted, like safety and freedom of doing what you want to do, aren't so readily available over there.

"The IPL, obviously financially, has opened doors that I only dreamed about, but I'm married now and it would take a lot for me to actually turn a blind eye to what's going on.

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