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Sri Lanka reassures Aus on security for tour

Published: Tuesday, June 28, 2011, 12:56 [IST]
 
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Sri Lanka reassures Aus on tour security

Sydney, June 28: Cricket Australia has said that it expects sufficient security from Sri Lanka for Australia's tour this year despite a slashing of the security budget.

CA officials made a trip to the island country last week as part of the customary pre-tour surveillance and were happy with the assurances they received for Australia's August-September tour, a CA spokesman said.

Sri Lankan sports minister Mahindananda Aluthgamage Sunday said the budget for Australia's visit had been curtailed, affecting the amount of money set aside for security.

A CA spokesman said Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) had assured them that despite the cuts, security would be similar to that provided at the recent cricket World Cup.

"The commitments they've given to us were completely acceptable," the CA spokesman told Australian Associated Press. "We'll stay close to them as the tour date gets closer to make sure there are no changes to those details."

Australian Cricketers' Association chief executive Paul Marsh has backed CA's stance.

"Player safety and security is paramount to us and we expect these (promised) measures will be in place for the tour," Marsh said.

Australia are set to play three Tests, five one-day matches and two Twenty20 games during their August 6 to September 20 tour.

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