Hayden, Gilly to play IPL 3; shrug off Sena threat

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='http://www.ndtv.com/convergence/images/thumbnail/ver1/h/haydenipl.jpg' class='caption'> In conversation with NDTV, Matthew Hayden has confirmed his availability showing faith in the security agencies of India.

Updated: January 17, 2010 09:11 IST
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New Delhi:

Amid reports that Australian players might boycott the third edition of the Indian Premier League, there is some good news for fans and the administration. In conversation with NDTV, ace opener Matthew Hayden has confirmed his availability for the IPL 3, showing faith in the security agencies of India.

The reports of the Australian players boycotting the tournament have come about after threats from the Shiv Sena that they will not let Australians enter Maharashtra till the racial attacks on Indians Down Under stop.

Commenting on this, Hayden said, "The process is that the security agencies will investigate and let Cricket Australia know who will let the players know, but the final decision is in the hands of the players. You will definitely see me in India for IPL 3."

Praising the warm nature of the Indians, the burly Matt said, "I have been welcomed into the bosom of India as a brother. I feel very humbled and privileged to be able to play here."

The former Australian opener spoke in support of the Indian Premier League and said that it was a big tournament in terms of globalizing cricket.

"I am looking forward to IPL 3 and am confident it will be a huge success," he said.

Earlier, there were reports that retired Australian Gilchrist may withdraw from the tournament due to security concerns. However, expressing the solidarity with Hayden, the wicketkeeper-batsman said that he has no worries over touring India for IPL 3.

"I cannot speak for other players but I am sure to tour India in March for the IPL. I am confident of Mr. Modi and the IPL organisers. I have some fine memories of India and would like to extend that," Gilchrist said.

He also said that reports claiming he was uncertain for the event had misinterpreted his manager's remarks.

"I love playing in India. My manager's quote has been misinterpreted and I am quite keen to play in India," Gilchrist said.


(With PTI inputs)

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