The Cricket Australia is most concerned for their team playing in India after the blasts rocked Hyderabad, and the Australia cricket team is scheduled to play their second test match against India at Hyderabad.
But, the Cricket Australia on Friday said there is “no reason to doubt” that the match would go ahead as planned.
Talking to media, CA CEO James Sutherland, said, “We will make assessments in time but at this stage there is no reason to doubt that what we have planned in Hyderabad will go ahead.”
India will play their 2nd Test against touring team Australia starting from 2 March, but a heavy blast rocked Hyderabad on Tuesday killing 14 people.
Further, Sutherland said, “Very concerned to hear that news but at the same time we are focussed. On the management side, we will wait for the next few days and make any necessary assessments. But the focus here right now in Chennai is on cricket.”
He said, “We work closely with relevant authorities in taking advice from them. I think it’s premature to be making assessments on that (whether Hyderabad can host the match) but from where I sit right now, my expectation would be that everything will go ahead in Hyderabad as planned.”
“(I am) very comfortable (with security arrangements). From our reports after talking to our security guys, everything has gone absolutely to plan”
He added, “We do our pre-tour visits and liaise with the relevant authorities. Everything has been mapped carefully and is going according to the plans.”
He told media that none of his touring team players have showed any security fears in India. He said, “No player has indicated any concern at the moment. The players are very focussed right now on this Test match in Chennai and the management will do what they need to do; taking relevant advice, working with authorities here in Chennai and in other parts, including the Australian government.”
He told media, “These guys are professional sportsmen and part of that is preparing yourself in being able to manage distractions. You need to perform at the best of your ability and you wouldn’t get to this level unless you are able to do that.”
Australia will play four tests against India and then fly to England to play Ashes test Series.