26 Feb 2010

West Indies players given green light to play in IPL

6:22 am on 26 February 2010

The West Indies Players' Association has expressed satisfaction with the security arrangements being made for the Indian Premier League, becoming the first players' organisation to give the green signal to their cricketers to feature in next month's Twenty20 tournament.

Player safety has become a major issue after an independent report, commissioned by the players' unions in England, South Africa and Australia, had said there was a credible security threat to the IPL, and suggested moving the tournament out of India.

The Windies Players' Association comments backing the Caribbean players' participation in the 2010 edition comes a day after Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, had insisted the tournament would be held in India and strongly criticised those who had expressed security concerns.

Among those who have been most concerned over safety are Australian cricketers, whose players' association helped formulate a list of security demands for IPL organisers earlier this week following a meeting attended by a majority of Australian cricketers due to play in next month's tournament.