Chennai: The multiple blasts in Hyderabad haven’t exactly rattled the touring Australian cricketers, at least not yet, but the situation is being “monitored” as the second Test of the four-match series is scheduled there from March 2.
Action begins here on Friday.
Late on Thursday, Cricket Australia (CA)’s communications adviser Matt Cenin, who is also the team’s media manager, conveyed the following to The Telegraph: “We’re aware of the unfortunate incident in Hyderabad. The safety of the team is of paramount importance...
“The team management and the CA staff are liaising with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the local authorities, and the Australian high commission to ensure we have all the appropriate information...
“To date, we have nothing to suggest there is any threat to the team in Chennai as a result of the incident.”
Cenin added that it was “far too premature” for some of the TV channels to suggest that the team didn’t wish to keep its date with Hyderabad.
The BCCI president, Narayanswamy Srinivasan, is based here and CA’s chairman Wally Edwards and chief executive James Sutherland are also in Chennai at this point in time.
Decisions, therefore, can be taken quickly.
Whatever the other arrangements, one noticed a bigger presence of security personnel at the team hotel here in the hours immediately after the blasts.
Hyderabad, which has already hosted a Test (against New Zealand) this season, wasn’t one of the original venues, but got the match when it was taken away from Kanpur.
Should the toll rise and the players’ body gets into the picture in a big way, then the Test may be moved out of Hyderabad too.