Playing in IPL can be a risk: Jacob Oram

March 4th, 2009 - 8:02 pm ICT by IANS  

Wellington, March 4 (IANS) New Zealand all-rounder Jacob Oram Wednesday said the terror attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team in Lahore has made playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) unsafe.
In one of the most ghastly attacks on sportspersons, the Sri Lankan cricket team’s bus was Tuesday attacked by a handful of terrorists leaving six Sri Lanka players and their assistant coach Paul Fabrace injured.

Oram, who plays for Chennai Super Kings in the IPL, said the Mumbai terror attacks in November coupled with Tuesday’s attack on Sri Lankans will force some tough decisions ahead of the event.

“Before Mumbai attacks, I had no worries coming to India but now I think there are definite questions to be asked,” said Oram.

“Now we know the things that we take for granted, like safety and freedom of doing what you want to do, aren’t so readily available in the sub-continent. Cricket is not as important as my life.

“The IPL, obviously financially, has opened doors that I only dreamed about, but I’m married now and it would take a lot for me to actually turn a blind eye to what’s going on,” he said

The IPL is scheduled to begin April 10.

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