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Pune blast triggers fresh concern for Australians

Melbourne: The Pune blast has added to their security concerns ahead of IPL-III and the Australian cricketers are awaiting advice from the Players’ Association to decide on travelling to India for the Twenty20 event.

Both Cricket Australia and the Cricketers’ Association (ACA) say a final decision has to be taken by the players themselves and they will just issue an advice after learning about the impact of the terror strike.

Australian cricket’s security adviser Reg Dickason is investigating the attack and will make his recommendation by this week.

“Our independent security company is investigating what impact this attack may have on our players participating in the IPL, so we’re waiting for that advice.

“It is a very tragic incident. It will be one of the many considerations they take into account in taking a position as to whether it is safe to go to India,” ACA boss Paul Marsh was quoted as saying by the Sydney Morning Herald.

The third edition of the cash-rich event will begin on March 12 in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, IPL chairman Lalit Modi gave an impression that terror attack will not have any effect on the tournament.

“We will not be terrorised. United we will stand,” he wrote on his Twitter page.

CA spokesman Peter Young said the players would be given advice whenever they requested, even upon arrival in India and throughout the IPL. — PTI

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