Players told to miss IPL for security reasons
The England players taking part in this years Indian Premier League have been told to pull out of the 6 week long event because of fears about the level of security in India.
A report commissioned by the players’ unions in Australia, South Africa and England which was written by the ECB’s security adviser Reg Dickason states the IPL will be unable to guarantee the players safety especially in light of last weeks threats issued by al-Qaeda.
The report which was published by the Daily Telegraph says with 12 cities hosting games the IPL will be unable to offer the same level of security that England received after they returned to India after the Mumbai terror attacks.
There are seven England players expected to play in India, Paul Collingwood and Kevin Pietersen will join their teams on March 24th, while Eoin Morgan, Owais Shah, Graham Napier, Bopara and Dimitri Mascarenhas have been cleared to play in the entire tournament.
“I am aware of the reported security risks and am in constant communication with Delhi Daredevils” said Collingwood. “I will make a decision once I have had a chance to review all the available information and talk to the relevant people.”
With the security risk rising and a number of cricketing boards telling their player it’s not safe to play in India the IPL could be set once again to leave India at short notice with South Africa and venues in the Middle East ready to host the event.