Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Security Issues Will Not Hit IPL

Newspaper article Evening Chronicle (Newcastle, England)

Security Issues Will Not Hit IPL

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CRICKETERS' chief Tim May is confident there will not be mass withdrawals from this month's Indian Premier League after security fears were allayed.

A number of high-profile players had indicated they were considering pulling out of the tournament, which begins in Mumbai on March 12, because of concerns over their safety.

Players' associations from England, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia have been working together to address their members' concerns over terror threats against the IPL.

The work is being coordinated by the Federation of International Cricketers' Associations (FICA), and chief executive May has been reassured by new security commitments given by organisers.

He said: "This is a significant step forward. The more information you provide the players with, the greater the likelihood that they will attend the event.

"We have a significant amount of information we did not have previously, which will assist players making far more informed decisions about whether to go or not. …

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