England's Cricketers' Association claims that IPL commissioner Lalit Modi and the franchises are "bugging players like crazy" to commit participation in the lucrative Twenty20 event, but are refusing to acknowledge their security fears.
Professional Cricketers Association (PCA) director of legal affairs Ian Smith said Modi, who had earlier claimed that "heavens won't fall if international players refuse to come for the Indian Premier League (IPL)", has been "bugging players like crazy" to commit.
Smith, however, said the security situation in India seems better then a few weeks ago but some concerns still remain.
"The situation is a hell of a lot better than it was a week ago," Smith was quoted as saying by The Times.
"I am cautiously optimistic that we can reach a point before the start of the tournament where Reg can say it is safe enough to travel. We are getting closer. Ultimately it comes down to individual players and their individual circumstances," he added.
Smith said the firm handling IPL's security was up to mark but the players' bodies were looking for assurances from the government of India.