Jittery about the security situation in India, IPL bound Australian players will meet their Cricketers’ Association on Tuesday to deliberate on whether to compete in the lucrative event next month or give it a miss this year.
Batsman Simon Katich and pacer Shaun Tait said they expected to get some clarity on the situation in India after meeting the ACA chief executive Paul Marsh. The ACA has commissioned an independent security assessment from English expert Reg Dickason, who has reportedly found the threats to be credible in his report.
Katich, who plays for King’s XI Punjab in the Indian Premier League, said he expects Tuesday’s meeting to be a stormy affair as players are bound to differ on what is essentially a commercial event.
“It’s going to be a big decision because obviously there’s going to be guys that might think it is fine to go and others that probably don’t. But tomorrow we’ll find out for sure where everyone stands,” he said.
“It’s hard to say (what they will decide) at this point, and it’s hard to say what the other countries are going to decide as well.”
“We always trust the security advice we’re given. In the past we’ve not gone on tours like Pakistan, and if there are issues with India … we’ll find out tomorrow when the meeting is held in Sydney,” Katich added.
Tait, who is contracted to Rajasthan Royals, said he wants to play in the event and hoped that security arrangements would be strong enough.
“The whole situation is a little bit disappointing because I would love to go to the IPL personally and hopefully everything can work out and we can go,” he was quoted as saying by ‘The Herald Sun.
Tait admitted that he considered the situation to be “serious” in India after the recent Pune bomb blast.
ACA chief Paul Marsh has already stated that ensuring foolproof security in the IPL, which is spread over many venues, is a difficult proposition.
“One thing we need to be clear about is that there’s quite a large difference between the IPL and an Olympics or Commonwealth Games. An event like the IPL is much harder to secure,” Marsh had said.