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Martyn leaves for India to play IPL

Retired Australian batsman Damien Martyn left for India to compete in the Indian Premier League, rejecting the security fears that have been raised by some of his own former teammates.

cricket Updated: Mar 02, 2010 15:47 IST

Retired Australian batsman Damien Martyn on Tuesday left for India to compete in the Indian Premier League, rejecting the security fears that have been raised by some of his own former teammates.

Martyn said the decision to play or skip the cash-awash tourney should be left completely on players and they should not be coerced into going one way or the other.

"They should leave us to make our own decisions," Martyn was quoted as saying by The Herald Sun.

"It's up to the individual whether they play in the IPL," he added.

Returning to the game after two years, Martyn will play for Rajasthan Royals. His former teammates like Shane Warne, Matthew Hayden and Adam Gilchrist would soon fly to India.

Martyn said he would never have decided to go, had there been any doubt about security in his mind.

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