ACA, NZCPA demand FICA's involvement in IPL's security

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> The players associations of Australia, NZ and SA have joined their English and Lankan counterparts in seeking involvement in the IPL's security management.

Updated: March 11, 2009 14:15 IST
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New Delhi:

The players associations of Australia, New Zealand and South Africa have joined their English and Sri Lankan counterparts in seeking involvement in the Indian Premier League's security management through the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA).

With the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shutting FICA off from any security related discussion, the IPL could land in a major stand-off with overseas players' associations, who said they would not advise their players to participate in the second edition of the Twenty20 event if the organisers did not review its position.

"Without this engagement, I'm not sure how we could look our players in their eyes and say that we believe it is safe to play in this year's event," Australian Cricketers Association chief executive Paul Marsh said.

"Not involving player associations in the security assessment process would be a poor decision by the IPL. While we are able to assess the general security threat without IPL cooperation, we simply cannot assess the security measures that will be in place around the event without the IPL engaging us in the process," Marsh was quoted as saying by a cricket website.

New Zealand Cricket Players' Association chief Heath Mills has issued a warning that its players could stay away from the league if the organisers stuck to their guns and not allow for an independent security assessment.

"If FICA is not involved, the players will be uncertain about their participation in the IPL and will not be as confident and comfortable about the security situation as would otherwise be the case," Mills said.

South African Cricketers' Association chief executive officer Tony Irish said his players too have demanded a security review by FICA.

"We don't really understand why IPL would not want to work with FICA on this if that's what is going to bring the greatest degree of comfort to players," Irish said.

"Yes, they (South African players) want the comfort of knowing that FICA is involved in dealing with the IPL on security and that they can rely on expert independent advice both on the environmental risks and security plans."

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