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Terrified Warne, Smith may quit IPL

The serial blasts in Jaipur may take its toll on the IPL as Warne, Watson, Smith and team manager Darren Berry are planning to quit the tournament.
PTI | By HT Correspondent, Melbourne
UPDATED ON MAY 15, 2008 04:31 PM IST

The serial blasts in Jaipur may take its toll on the ongoing multi-million dollar Indian Premier League as Australian stars Shane Warne and Shane Watson and South African Graeme Smith are considering quitting the tournament, according to media reports.

Jaipur team's Warne, Watson, Smith and team manager Darren Berry, now holidaying in Goa, are very scared after the incident and are refusing to return to Jaipur. They are even considering leaving India altogether.

"(There's) a real option of getting on the plane and getting out of here. We are not comfortable at all. This is an extremely uncomfortable situation," Berry was quoted as saying by Macquarie National News.

Berry said his family members in Australia were concerned about his safety in India. "Cricket has been good to me, but I have a wife and three kids back in Melbourne and they are less than impressed with the part of the world I am in."

Berry said Warne was also worried due to the bomb blasts that killed more than 60 people in the Pink City.

"I was talking to Warnie and asked, 'If this blast had occurred a day before we were due to fly over here, would we still have come?', he said there was no way we would have come.

"It is terrifying. To think I was standing in the exact location the bombs went off only two days ago...It was a couple of kilometres from the team hotel."

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