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Undaunted Nannes leaves for IPL stint

cricket Updated: Mar 09, 2010 18:23 IST

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Australian pacer Dirk Nannes left to join his Delhi Daredevils teammates for this year's Indian Premier League, saying he feels safe in India despite the security fears raised in the past few weeks.

"I have always felt pretty good in India. Security can be a bit of perception. If you feel safe, then you probably are safe. But the reality may be completely different," Nannes was quoted as saying by The Herald Sun.

Nannes said the Australian Cricketers' Association has addressed his security concerns.

"I wasn't comfortable in coming to a decision myself, but, luckily, the Australian Cricketers' Association has done a lot of investigating and has been pushing to make it a lot safer for us," he said.

"They think if things keep progressing the way they are, then things will be fine from next week and the start of the tournament," he added.

Nannes recently retired from first-class and justified his decision, saying that his 33-year-old body could not handle the rigours.

"My body simply cannot handle playing first-class cricket," he said.

"What should I do, beat myself around playing Shield cricket and maybe having another two years? Or be available for the next five years of IPL cricket? It's a no-brainer. The most I have played in a year is eight games of Shield cricket, last summer. The next best is about five," he said.