Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Shifting of IPL semi-finals venue comforting

Australian Cricketers' Association boss Paul Marsh has said that the shifting of the IPL semi-finals venue was really comforting in the wake of two crude bomb blasts outside Bangalore's Chinnawamy Stadium on Saturday.

Marsh believes Australian players will be given adequate protection during the final week of the Indian Premier League.

"We're still scratching our heads, given all the concerns leading in to this event, how what happened could happen. We flagged our concerns before the tournament started. We had our security consultant, Reg Dickason, review [the IPL plans] and they were solid plans," Marsh said.

"The question was always going to be around the implementation of the plans. That's still the issue as we head to the last part of the tournament. You've just got to hope they follow through on everything they said they'll follow through on from here on in," The Age quoted him, as saying.

Marsh said the ACA was not fully satisfied by the explanations about the security breach in Bangalore, but supported the decision prompted by a report from IPL security group, Nicholls-Steyn, to move the matches to the DY Patil stadium in Navi Mumbai.

Adam Gilchrist, Ryan Harris, Matthew Hayden and Cameron White are among the Australians who will take part in the semi-finals of the IPL.

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