Australia in India 2012-13 February 22, 2013

Australia calm despite Hyderabad blasts

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Cricket Australia's chief executive James Sutherland has said the second Test in Hyderabad next week is not in doubt at this stage, despite bombs in the city killing at least 12 people on Thursday night. The BCCI too confirmed that the Test should go ahead as usual and is unlikely to have a change of venue.

The twin blasts came on the eve of the first Test between Australia and India in Chennai, and the teams are due to travel to Hyderabad on Wednesday ahead of the second Test.

The bombs hit the Dilsukhnagar region of Hyderabad about ten minutes apart and were labelled "a dastardly attack" by India's prime minister Manmohan Singh. Sutherland, who is in Chennai, said on Friday morning that he had spoken to a BCCI official on Thursday night and the two organisations would work together to assess the security situation.

"It is sad news overnight," Sutherland said. "From our perspective the focus around the team is very much on this Test in Chennai, everyone is very comfortable here in terms of the security arrangements in place. The players are focused on what they have ahead of them.

"We will take advice from relevant authorities and work with the BCCI and others here to make assessments around Hyderabad, but at the same time plans have been in place for a long time and at this stage I wouldn't be calling into question things going ahead in Hyderabad as planned."

BCCI vice-president Rajiv Shukla confirmed that the Indian board had approached government officials regarding security in Hyderabad.

"I spoke to the Union home secretary [Sushil Kumar Shinde], who was in Hyderabad, and had a discussion with the chief minister [Kiran Kumar Reddy] and officials of the state government. After that he told me that adequate security will be provided to the players as well as the spectators. So Test match should not be shifted out of Hyderabad," Shukla was quoted as saying by PTI. "I have conveyed this to the BCCI president [N Srinivasan], who in turn is going to speak to chairman of Cricket Australia and convey that when government is giving a guarantee of security for the players and the spectators, we think we should not change the venue."

Australia's team manager Gavin Dovey spoke to the players and kept them up to date with developments, but Sutherland said they wanted to ensure they could remain focused on the Chennai Test.

"We don't hold anything back from the players, they know where everything is at," Sutherland said. "But at the same time they have expressed a desire to be focused and minimise this so that they can focus on cricket this week.

"We will work together with the players and the players' association on these sorts of issues. There is a high level of confidence among the group that the management will work through that. We will communicate openly and make assessments ... As far as I'm concerned we're playing the second Test match in Hyderabad next week."

Sutherland said Cricket Australia had great confidence in the BCCI's ability to deal with security issues on a day-to-day basis. Shortly before departing for the MA Chidambaram Stadium, Australia's captain Michael Clarke said his players were happy to be guided by the team's security experts.

"From the team's point of view, our focus is wholly and solely on the field because we've got people off the field who are experts in what is going on, we'll be advised by them," Clarke said. "Our thoughts and prayers are with all the people of Hyderabad who have been affected."

03.25GMT, February 22: This story has been updated with the latest quotes from James Sutherland

Brydon Coverdale is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo. He tweets here

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  • mzm149 on February 24, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Australia should not play in city/ country which is not safe.

  • on February 24, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Shift the remaining test matches to the WACA, its the safest thing to do for Australias bowlers.

  • sunrisers_dktej on February 23, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Hyderabad will be safety place for the hosts as people here are brave enough to take the challenges and protect the people who comes to hyderabad

  • Rahulbose on February 23, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    They should have changed the venue, basic precaution.

  • zenboomerang on February 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    As an Aussie I have no worries about being in India... Changing cities will not help - laugh & enjoy the game, that will make us all winners... We'll enjoy the game for what it is & hopefully everything will be fine...

  • riverbaby11 on February 22, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    A change of venue is not going to fix anything , unfortunately this has become increasingly common in our part of the world. Aussies are well within their rights to be worried , but security risks come with the territory in our part of the world.

  • JohnnyRook on February 22, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I am sure security forces will have absolute foolproof security but I think it should be completely left to the Australian team. If they have slightest doubts, we as host should change the venue. Hyderabad can be given some other test in next series or so but confidence once lost take too long to come back. Just ask Pakistan.

  • KaptaanCricket on February 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    So what do you think about snatching India's hosting rights?

  • on February 22, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    This is a Very Serious Issue, this match must have to move or cancell, its the most important issue, the security of Australian and indian team are very important,infect im also concern over the Local People, why we take Risk.

  • Rajeev129 on February 22, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Hyderabad should be safest place now. Bcz security levels are immensely increased from last night. I could see guards from other region of country as well. So There won't be any issues regarding that.

  • mzm149 on February 24, 2013, 19:36 GMT

    Australia should not play in city/ country which is not safe.

  • on February 24, 2013, 7:30 GMT

    Shift the remaining test matches to the WACA, its the safest thing to do for Australias bowlers.

  • sunrisers_dktej on February 23, 2013, 17:38 GMT

    Hyderabad will be safety place for the hosts as people here are brave enough to take the challenges and protect the people who comes to hyderabad

  • Rahulbose on February 23, 2013, 17:00 GMT

    They should have changed the venue, basic precaution.

  • zenboomerang on February 23, 2013, 13:13 GMT

    As an Aussie I have no worries about being in India... Changing cities will not help - laugh & enjoy the game, that will make us all winners... We'll enjoy the game for what it is & hopefully everything will be fine...

  • riverbaby11 on February 22, 2013, 17:21 GMT

    A change of venue is not going to fix anything , unfortunately this has become increasingly common in our part of the world. Aussies are well within their rights to be worried , but security risks come with the territory in our part of the world.

  • JohnnyRook on February 22, 2013, 12:50 GMT

    I am sure security forces will have absolute foolproof security but I think it should be completely left to the Australian team. If they have slightest doubts, we as host should change the venue. Hyderabad can be given some other test in next series or so but confidence once lost take too long to come back. Just ask Pakistan.

  • KaptaanCricket on February 22, 2013, 10:55 GMT

    So what do you think about snatching India's hosting rights?

  • on February 22, 2013, 8:46 GMT

    This is a Very Serious Issue, this match must have to move or cancell, its the most important issue, the security of Australian and indian team are very important,infect im also concern over the Local People, why we take Risk.

  • Rajeev129 on February 22, 2013, 5:18 GMT

    Hyderabad should be safest place now. Bcz security levels are immensely increased from last night. I could see guards from other region of country as well. So There won't be any issues regarding that.

  • guptahitesh4u on February 22, 2013, 4:35 GMT

    If Australians have any single doubt , with respect to security, BCCI should shift the venue for the match

  • on February 22, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Dilshuknagar (where the blasts happened) is very far from the stadium and it is nearly at the outskirts of the state.

  • krishheturi on February 22, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    this is ridiculous to change the venue for second test the incident happened nearly 8 km from stadium and nearly 20 km from the hotel and i reside at the place where it happend so i can say that no problem happens for second test please dont change the venue we want this test here

  • ReverseSweepIndia on February 22, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    As much as I want to see Aus play in Hyd, I intend to take a day off and want to see fierce battle, that much I have concerns for their security. I can vouch for stadium as tight is security that police do not allow mobiles water bottle not any object inside the stadium. But still of Aus feel even a little about it, match sure should be shifted out because as host their security and concern related to security should be of top most priority.

  • Prats6 on February 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    I am not sure about the safety in Hyd currently. The resentment & anger among people is high. It would be better to shift this to Bangalore for the moment.

  • on February 22, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    please do not shift the match

  • aravind077 on February 22, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    it is not better to shift the match

  • jonesy2 on February 22, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    if all is ok it would be ideal to keep it there. @Mannempelli Shashidhar- whats the siutation like there now? anybody else living in hyderabad know the safety situation?

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 22, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    @ManThesPm: I don't think that would be necessary. There is still time until the Hyderabad test. Things should calm down before then and there will be beefed up security for all involved parties in the match: players, officials, supporters etc.

  • on February 21, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I want to see the Match Aussies Please Come to HYD

  • on February 21, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    It's better to shift the 2nd test from Hyd to some other cities in India

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  • on February 21, 2013, 19:16 GMT

    It's better to shift the 2nd test from Hyd to some other cities in India

  • on February 21, 2013, 20:28 GMT

    I want to see the Match Aussies Please Come to HYD

  • Cpt.Meanster on February 22, 2013, 2:31 GMT

    @ManThesPm: I don't think that would be necessary. There is still time until the Hyderabad test. Things should calm down before then and there will be beefed up security for all involved parties in the match: players, officials, supporters etc.

  • jonesy2 on February 22, 2013, 2:39 GMT

    if all is ok it would be ideal to keep it there. @Mannempelli Shashidhar- whats the siutation like there now? anybody else living in hyderabad know the safety situation?

  • aravind077 on February 22, 2013, 2:45 GMT

    it is not better to shift the match

  • on February 22, 2013, 3:16 GMT

    please do not shift the match

  • Prats6 on February 22, 2013, 3:24 GMT

    I am not sure about the safety in Hyd currently. The resentment & anger among people is high. It would be better to shift this to Bangalore for the moment.

  • ReverseSweepIndia on February 22, 2013, 3:29 GMT

    As much as I want to see Aus play in Hyd, I intend to take a day off and want to see fierce battle, that much I have concerns for their security. I can vouch for stadium as tight is security that police do not allow mobiles water bottle not any object inside the stadium. But still of Aus feel even a little about it, match sure should be shifted out because as host their security and concern related to security should be of top most priority.

  • krishheturi on February 22, 2013, 3:46 GMT

    this is ridiculous to change the venue for second test the incident happened nearly 8 km from stadium and nearly 20 km from the hotel and i reside at the place where it happend so i can say that no problem happens for second test please dont change the venue we want this test here

  • on February 22, 2013, 4:13 GMT

    Dilshuknagar (where the blasts happened) is very far from the stadium and it is nearly at the outskirts of the state.