England cricketers should not play in IPL: Fletcher

March 4th, 2009 - 9:47 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 4 (IANS) Duncan Fletcher has asked England players not to play in the Indian Premier League in the wake of terror attacks on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore.
“If I were one of the England guys who signed up for the Indian Premier League, I would be concerned, ” Fletcher, a former England coach, wrote in his column in the Guardian.

“India is different. The traffic is often so bad in the big cities where a lot of the cricket is played that the coach can move along only slowly at times, which turns it into a sitting duck for terrorists. There’s nothing stopping a tuk-tuk pulling up alongside and detonating a bomb. I would be very nervous because that kind of attack is much easier to carry out in India and these guys can attack when they like. ”

Fletcher said the Mumbai terror attack in November has proved India is no longer a safe destination.

“The attacks in Mumbai called into question even the safety of the best hotels. What cricketer is going to start thinking about runs and wickets when there are these more serious matters to consider? These are vulnerable times, and extremely sad ones too, ” he said.

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