West Indies’ players’ body is happy with the IPL arrangements and has backed its cricketers’ participation in the event.
“Apart from being in contact with a number of key IPL personnel, West Indies Players’ Association (WIPA) has also sought independent advice from organisations which have conducted similar security tests,” WIPA said in a statement.
“WIPA is convinced that the organisers and the government are sparing no effort to ensure that players’ welfare and security are not in any way compromised. WIPA will therefore support its players’ participation in the IPL tournament,” it added.
WIPA becomes the first players’ union to back the IPL’s security set-up even as Australia and New Zealand continue their deliberations.
The heightened security fears have been triggered by a recent al-Qaeda threat of terror attacks on foreign players coming to India. The players’ bodies in Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa commissioned an independent security report which found the threats to be credible.
But the IPL organisers have been dismissive of the report’s findings with the league’s commissioner Lalilt Modi criticising players bodies for being skeptical about security at the cash-awash event.