Rumours of Warne's pullout scotched
IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi said Shane Warne, Shane Watson and Graeme Smith were already on their way to Jaipur for the next match.Updated: May 15, 2008, 20:31 IST
IPL Commissioner Lalit Modi on Thursday rubbished reports that Jaipur IPL team skipper Shane Warne -- along with teammates Shane Watson and Graeme Smith -- was quitting the tournament due to the bomb blasts in Jaipur, saying the trio was already on its way to the Pink City for the next match there.
"All Australian players and the team is now going to play in Jaipur tomorrow. We are looking forward to it. Yes, they were little bothered but now they are assured. They are on their way to the city," Modi said.
Jaipur will take on Bangalore in a home encounter this Saturday.
According to media reports in Australia, Warne, Watson and South African skipper Smith were considering quitting the tournament after the Jaipur serial blasts that claimed more than 60 lives on Tuesday.
Assuring that there will be no compromise on security, Modi said the players' accommodation and the Sawai Mansingh Stadium would be completely cordoned off.
"I am not at liberty to describe security arrangements but yes, We have the security arrangements beefed up. We are requesting everybody to come in the stadium without bags, lighters, matches or bottles. Also the players area would be totally cordoned off and nobody would be allowed to go near the players," he said.