By Joanne Bladd
World's leading cricketers send strong message fom Abu Dhabi sports awards.
Cricket cannot bow to fears over terrorism, a number of the world’s leading cricketers said on Wednesday, ahead of the start of the Indian Premier League this week.
“You can’t give in and you can’t be seen to give in. If one phone call can disrupt [the game] it’s a pretty poor affair,” said former England test cricketer Ian Botham.
The security of the game has been under added scrutiny following the terror strike against the Sri Lankan national team in Lahore last March. The attack, carried out by Islamic militants, left seven dead and injured several more.
A number of national teams have expressed fears this week’s IPL tournament could be the victim of fresh terror threats.
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh said security risks had become an unavoidable part of the game.
“There are more concerns these days. As a sportsman, the landscape has changed. You can’t give into terrorism. You have to go and play. But it is totally personal choice, and you can’t blame someone for deciding not to [travel],” he said, during a panel discussion at the Laureus World Sport Awards.
“We can’t run away. Being Indian… I am proud and sure the government will take of the most important thing, which is the security of the players,” said former India captain Kapil Dev.