Reigning IPL champion Deccan Chargers’ captain Adam Gilchrist could consider skipping the T20 event following Shiv Sena’s threat against Australian players in reaction to attacks on Indian students in Australia, if security experts rule India unsafe, said reports.
Gilchrist, who is one among the 30-odd Australian players scheduled to play for the IPL in March, is worried after Sena threatened to stop the Aussies from playing at least in Mumbai until allegedly racist attacks on Indians living in Australia didn’t stop, reported PTI.
“Adam is aware of the situation and he is always very mindful of the security concerns in India. Adam was looking to play in this year’s tournament but it is always a worry when statements like that (made by Shiv Sena) are being made,” his manager Stephen Atkinson was quoted as saying by ‘’The Daily Telegraph’.
“Ultimately, he will be guided by the views of Cricket Australia and security experts. He is intending to go, but any final decision is subject to travel and security advice by Cricket Australia and the Australian Cricketers Association,” he added.
However, players like spinner Jason Krejza and opener Phil Hughes are undeterred by Sena’s threats and are looking forward to take part in the event, said report.
“It’s something I’d love to be involved in. I’ve watched the last couple of years of the IPL and the crowds and the buzz around it. I’ll go in the auction and see what happens,” Hughes was quoted as saying.