Security concerns over Ind-Aus series

Updated: 01 August 2008 06:33 IST

A series of bomb blasts in India over the weekend, which has raised new levels of concern about the safety of cricketers across the region.

New Delhi:

A series of bomb blasts in India over the weekend, which has raised new levels of concern about the safety of cricketers across the region.

Media reports in Australia suggests that there is some amount of concern over Australia's Test tour in October following the serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

Representatives from Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association are due to arrive in India in August for a pre-planned inspection, and may now also bring along a security consultant with them. Australia are scheduled to play four Test series in India in October.

The first Test is scheduled to be played in Bangalore, where nine explosions on Friday night killed two people and injured 12. A day later, blasts in Ahmedabad killed at least 30 people and injured more than 100.

There was fear of setting a precedent, moving a tournament which involves the top eight cricket nations over safety and security issues, when all four countries are jointly hosting the next World Cup in 2011.

Sri Lanka, which is the official standby country for the Champions Trophy, also has problems with an escalating, decades old conflict with Tamil Tiger rebels.

Topics : Cricket Sreesanth
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