Gilchrist worried about Sena threat, may skip IPL

Worried by Shiv Sena's threat against Oz cricketers, Deccan Chargers' skipper Adam Gilchrist could consider giving the T20 event a miss.

updated: January 15, 2010 17:32 IST
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Worried by Shiv Sena's threat against Australian cricketers, reigning IPL champion Deccan Chargers' skipper Adam Gilchrist could consider giving the Twenty20 event a miss if security experts rule India unsafe.

Gilchrist, one among the 30-odd Australians who are scheduled play for the Indian Premier League starting March 12, is concerned about Sena's threat to stop the Aussies from playing at least in Mumbai as long as the allegedly racist attacks on the Indians living here continue.

"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.

"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.

But while Gilchrist is concerned, the likes of spinner Jason Krejza and opener Phil Hughes are unfazed by Sena's threats and are looking forward to participating in the event.

"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, I think that's next Tuesday, and see what happens," Hughes said.