Feel totally safe when I am in India: David Warner

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Published: Friday, March 1, 2013, 9:17 [IST]
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'Feel totally safe when I am in India'

Hyderabad, Mar 1: Australia's opener David Warner feels the visitors are feeling secured being at Hyderabad despite amid security measures following last week's twin blasts in the city, that will be hosting the second Test match of the series from March 2, 2013.

BCCI and Cricket Australia officials having reviews the security arrangements at Hyderabad agreed not to shift the venue for the second Test.

After losing the first Test to India by 8 wickets, the Australian team arrived in Hyderabad on Wednesday afternoon and since then the players have a secured feeling about staying at Hyderabad, according to Warner.

"I feel totally safe any time I come to India, with the security that we've got and the stuff that's in place. I think they didn't really want anyone on the roads to and from the ground but that's virtually impossible with 10 million people living in Hyderabad," Warner said.

"The stuff that's going on out of our control is what it is. It's what happens sometimes in these places and you've just got to deal with it."

According to sources, the road that leads to the stadium from the team hotel was completely sanitised with 2000 security personnel, including five platoons of armed forces and over 1400 policemen being deployed at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Moreover, the authorities have installed 60 CCTVs at the check points in the city and has taken precautionary measures by banning mobile phones, bags, banners and cameras inside the stadium.

Touring India is not new to Warner, who has been associated with IPL team Delhi Daredevils for the last few years. But this is the first time the dashing opener has been a part of the visiting Aussie Test squad.

Having played a couple of matches at the venue while playing the cash-rich league, Warner feels he is totally secure in India and also stressed that focus should be on the game and not on the happenings in the city.

"Obviously it's not ideal to come here in these situations and seeing people being injured and killed is disappointing and very sad but, in hindsight, I don't think they had another venue to play at. We're here to play cricket, that's our job and we've just got to get on with it," Warner told Sky Sports Radio.


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