11 Mar 2009

IPL assures international players they will be well protected

7:15 am on 11 March 2009

The head of the Indian Premier League cricket tournament is vowing to take responsibility for the safety of foreign players during the event next month.

Several players have expressed doubts about travelling to India after the Sri Lankan cricket team were shot at by terrorists in Pakistan recently.

Lalit Modi says the IPL is taking over responsibility for all security arrangements from individual teams and has a security budget 10 times the size of last year's allocation.

He says from the minute foreign players land at the airport to the minute they leave India, they will be protected.

Modi says at this stage he's not aware of any foreign players wanting to pull out of the IPL.

Security will be handled by South African-based firm Nicholls Steyn and Associates, which will remain in contact with foreign cricket boards.