CA to review security situation in India
Cricket Australia (CA) says it will review the security situation following Saturday's serial blasts in Delhi and decide next week whether to proceed with the next month's Test tour or not.Updated: Sep 14, 2008, 10:33 IST
Cricket Australia (CA) on Sunday said it will review the security situation in India following Saturday's serial blasts in New Delhi and decide next week whether to proceed with the next month's four-match Test tour or not.
CA Public Affairs Manager Peter Young said the board will seek advice from the Australian Government and ask team security manager Reg Dickason to compile an urgent report on the security situation in India.
Dickason will work with the Australian Cricketers' Association and CA General Manager of Cricket Michael Brown who has been assigned the job to speak to the Indian Cricket Board, the Australian High Commission in New Delhi and security agencies to gain information on traveling in India.
"We will seek advice from the Australian Government and our security expert Dickason has been asked to compile a report. Cricket General Manager Brown will speak to the BCCI and High Commission in New Delhi," Young said.
"Based on this report and other inputs, we will take a decision on the tour next week or so," he said.
"The fundamental principle that always comes first is the safety of the team and the team officials."
Young said a pre-tour assessment has already been done but if the concerns remain Cricket Australia will consider another inspection.
Meanwhile, latest Australian government's travel advice for India is "to exercise a high degree of caution because of high risk of terrorist activity by militant groups".
A 15-man Australian squad will leave for India on September 21 with the first Test starting in Bangalore on October 9. New Delhi is the venue of the third Test starting on October 29.