While the Australian cricketers scheduled to take part in the Champions League T20 competition have put on hold plans of travelling to India, a Cricket Australia (CA) official had a narrow escape after going through what must have been a nightmare.
Dean Kino, an advisor of the CA on legal and business affairs who is also a member of the Champions League T20 governing council, was in the Taj Hotel in Mumbai when the attack exploded on Wednesday night. He was rescued unhurt and moved to an undisclosed location in Mumbai.
According to CA spokesman Philip Pope, Kino arrived in Mumbai on Wednesday and checked into the fateful hotel. “He was there during the incident and spent a few delicate hours in the hotel,” Pope told HT.
According to Pope, Kino managed to come out of the hotel at around 9 am Australian time on Thursday, which means sometime around 4 am in India. “I can't go into details, but can say that he is safe. He was there with fellow members of the governing council,” said Pope, adding that Kino was the only Australian in that lot.
“I with officials of the CA and BCCI were in regular contact with him during those hours offering whatever advice we could and also kept his family updated,” said Pope who was also scheduled to come to India but had to delay his trip due to some professional reasons back in Australia.