Oz agree to tour India with upgraded security

September 16th, 2008 - 4:57 pm ICT by ANI  

Sydney, Sept.16 (ANI): Cricket Australia have agreed to go ahead with the tour of India, provided they are assured that the security of the national team and Australia `A team is upgraded.

Cricket Australias Manager for Public Affairs, Peter Young, was quoted as saying in a statement that: “In consultation with the BCCI (Indian board), we have upgraded security in and around the dressing rooms and they will have an escort to the ground.”

“Australia A players have also been told not to leave the hotel without good reason. It’’s just a matter of prudence,” the Sydney Morning Herald as saying further.

The test side is due to leave Australia on Sunday and will start the tour with warm-up matches in Jaipur and Hyderabad, the two cities that have been hit by bombs in the recent past.

The first test begins in Bangalore, which was also the site of a bomb attack in July, on October 9. The third Test begins in Delhi on October 29.

The national capital was hit by serial blasts on Saturday. At least 20 people were killed and over 100 were injured.

Australia pulled out of a tour of Pakistan this month because of security fears. Pakistan was to host the Champions Trophy, which has since been postponed to October 2009. (ANI)

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