‘Cricket my life, but not worth dying for’
Bopara, who plays for the Kings XI Punjab, made the headlines with the dramatic statement: “Cricket is my living and in many way my life. But it is not worth dying for.” HT Correspondent reports.Updated: Mar 01, 2010, 01:44 IST
The participation of foreign players in the forthcoming Indian Premier League took a curious twist on Sunday when England batsman Ravi Bopara expressed concerns about the security situation and suggested that he had postponed his departure for India.
Bopara, who plays for the Kings XI Punjab, made the headlines with the dramatic statement: “Cricket is my living and in many way my life. But it is not worth dying for.”
Speaking to the Daily Mail newspaper, Bopara added, “This is a very tricky call. I have been in touch with the franchise and they are pretty positive that things will be OK. But Reg Dickason’s report says something different.”
Interestingly the Kings XI Punjab denied that there was any uncertainty over Bopara’s participation. “We are in touch with all our players, and this includes Bopara, and he is certainly coming to play for us this year,” a spokesperson told the Hindustan Times on Sunday evening. “There’s no question of him postponing his trip to India or anything like that. If that had happened we would have known as we booked his tickets, just like for the other international players.”
The spokesperson was not aware of Bopara’s fairly strong statements. “At the moment I’m nowhere with this decision. I’ve had some contact with other players. No one has said they are definitely not going, but no one has said they definitely are either,” said Bopara. “I have pushed back my flight so I can give myself a bit more time to see what happens and whether the security measures are implemented.
“The franchise will want an answer in the next few days, but I will not come to a hasty decision just because I have to. I need to weigh everything up and if I could buy myself even more time I would.”