Cricket Australia says players can decide on IPL
MELBOURNE: Cricket Australia will let players involved in the IPL make their own decisions about whether to take part in the tournament following threats on their safety from India.
The Shiv Sena political party has said they would not allow Australians to play in Maharashtra following attacks on Indian students in Melbourne.
"At the end of the day those players make their own decision about whether or not they go," Peter Young, the Cricket Australia spokesman, told media. "But we want them to be able to make informed decisions and we''d like to work with the ACA (Australian Cricketers'' Association) to ensure they can make informed decisions.'''' The IPL is due to begin in March and Australian players feature heavily in the franchise line-ups.
The Foreign Affairs Minister Stephen Smith said the final decision on whether players go to the country would rest with Cricket Australia.
"They (Shiv Sena) are known to make colourful remarks, and they have engaged in conduct which both India and Australia have been disapproving of in the past, so far as disrupting cricket games are concerned," he said in the Courier Mail. "But we take any threat to Australian sportsmen and sportswomen ... playing sport overseas very seriously."
Player security has been an issue for Australia whenever they are scheduled to travel to the subcontinent. Australia has not toured Pakistan since 1998 due to the safety situation and sends independent security personnel to review arrangements before each trip.
"Our policy, as demonstrated over the years, is to only travel if dispassionate, expert, independent advice suggests that it is safe," Young said. "On those occasions when advice has suggested otherwise, we have not travelled, including when the ICC said Pakistan was safe and our advice was that it was not."