Monday, April 19, 2010

‘Not heard of threats to players wanting to leave IPL’

Australian Twenty20 vice-captain Cameron White’s manager has rubbished reports that players were warned to stay put or risk being banned from the Indian Premier League after two crude bombs exploded outside Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore.

White and umpire Simon Taufel were in close proximity to the blast site outside Bangalore’s cricket stadium on Saturday.

The Sydney Morning Herald reported that cricketers who leave India early because of Saturday’s bomb blasts have been threatened with disqualification from future IPL tournaments.

White’s manager, Gerard Sholly, said he was unaware of any threat towards players wanting to leave.

“I haven’t heard anything about an ultimatum, I think it would probably be a rumour,” Sholly said.

“Cameron was in his hotel room at the time, he wasn’t required to play. He sent a message to his friends and family letting them know he was fine.”

Sholly said White would remain in India for the remainder of the IPL and then meet Australian teammates in transit to the World Twenty20 in the West Indies next week.

Seventeen people were reported injured after the attack, which took place before an Indian Premier League match between the Bangalore Royal Challengers and the Mumbai Indians.

Australian Cricketers’ Association chief executive Paul Marsh said the bombing was a serious concern and was awaiting a report from IPL security company Nicholls Steyn last night.

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