Smith: IPL security a concern

2010-02-22 16:20

Johannesburg - South Africa captain Graeme Smith cautioned on Sunday that his country’s ongoing tour of India should not be construed as a guarantee that Proteas players who have signed to play, or are already contracted to play, in the IPL are comfortable with security arrangements for the tournament.

Smith returned to South Africa after the second Test to allow a finger injury to heal and will miss the three-match ODI series which began in Jaipur on Sunday following a reported terrorist threat in the city.

“The guys were nervous before the game but we need to trust the process we have always used with CSA and our players association, SACA,” Smith said. “We would prefer to play in a more peaceful environment but that’s the nature of the world we live in at the moment.”

SACA chief executive, Tony Irish, said, “The Jaipur threat was investigated by CSA’s security consultants, Nicholls Steyn and Associates. We will rely on their advice as to its legitimacy, what level of risk it presents to the team and what security measures are necessary.”

Smith and Irish concurred that the IPL, however, represented a very different set of circumstances to a national tour where security was more easily controlled.

“Players remain concerned about the security issues for IPL. This is a big event with lots of different players, stadia, hotels and travel arrangements. The help and assistance we get for this event from our players association will be very important to us. Everyone is monitoring the situation very closely at the moment,” Smith said.

“The IPL is an Indian domestic tournament and the players go there as individuals playing for eight different franchise teams. The Boards of the different countries can’t really be expected to review the security plans so it falls to the players associations in each country to do this for players.

We take that responsibility very seriously. I can’t think of anything more important than player safety and we won’t compromise in any way on that,” Irish said.


  • Jannas - 2010-02-22 16:48

    Siestog! Choke - choke! Bangat!

  • @Jannas - 2010-02-22 17:22

    Can you actually read, me thinks not

  • @Jannas - 2010-02-22 17:58

    Seker vol brannas, boet. Toe gaan jy oor, dan open jy sommer die beurt ook vir ons.

  • Shorts - 2010-02-22 18:03

    Now that you are 'safely' back at home, you obviously feel that you have to say something to stay in the limelight. GS, if you have personal concerns, keep them to yourself and let the other Protea players currently in India concentrate fully on why they are there. Your timing of this type of statement shows nothing more than selfish arrogance similar to that of a Tiger Woods.

  • jaipur - 2010-02-22 18:12

    if thats the case CHOKEY Smithy boy, then AMLA nust be a SUPER-HERO for having batted and faced over a thousand balls and scored just about 5centuries ....AMLA did NOT reflect any 'nervous mind' in his batting prowess....maybe , you were 'nervous because your total TWO TESTS score was UNDER 50 runs , i think? it a day , broer!

  • Stephen - 2010-02-22 19:09

    @jaipur, good grief you are stupid. I actually cant believe there are people as dumb as you. The lack of knowledge is highlighted by your misunderstanding of words How are you employed? Unbelievable stupidity. Please tell me Einstein, why did you bother to read the article if it is about Smith, you come across as those racists with a huge chip on your shoulder. A person hates someone but still reads the article!!!

  • Jannas - 2010-02-22 20:19

    In the bad bad Apartheid days Smith would have been one of those guys in blue overalls tending gardens in Voortrekkerhoogte. He would've created a religious objection to hide his yellow gut just to stay out of military service.

  • SA Fan - 2010-02-22 21:28

    Has anyone looked into that last ball by Langeveld that hit the stump and went for 4 without dislodging the bails. Has that ever happened before? If not, how is it possible that a ball could hit the stumps at that speed without dislodging the there any suspicion of fowl play?

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  • Standing at Point - 2010-02-23 06:43

    The headboy syndrome strikes again, i`m at home boys so heres what to do, haaaaaaaaaaaaa, well said Jaipur, I repeat, Amla for captain, the mans got integrity and discipline.

  • morena - 2010-02-23 07:41

    @SA Fan yes it has happened before in SA, i can't remember which country the proteas were playing against where the ball was bowled and it went in between middle but never disloding the bails

  • Maestro - 2010-02-23 08:26

    @Jannas, you are such an idiot!!! I know someone personally who was in the hotel that was attacked when they had that horrific terrorist attack, a man was shot dead right next to him. There are no doubts the security is an issue and on the minds of the players. There are more fanatical extremists in that country than there are idiots like you in this country, so they have reason to fear for their lives somewhat. Personally I can't think of a sporting tour anywhere in the world that can be worse than the likes of Pakistan and India.

  • Stephen - 2010-02-23 09:17

    I noticed these anti-Smith comments. But theses morons beloved Australian side is also concerned about the security issues. It shows that these comments are so prejuidice

  • cammie - 2010-02-23 09:45

    The mere fact that contributors to these sites can turn something so horrific into a 'tongue in a cheek' affair, is frightening! Regardless of who, as individuals or teams, have made comment on their wariness to play in countries such as India due to the threat of terrorism, it is a daily fact. @ Jaipur, if it had been Amla who had commented on his wariness regarding the factor of terrorism whilst playing in India, what would you comment have been then? @ Shorts, you are entitled to your opinion as I am mine, and I see Smith's comments as genuine concern for the SA Squad/Team. The Smith detractors will never, regardless of his successes, be objective. My sincere wish is that the terrorism threat worldwide is eradicated.

  • michael ward - 2010-02-23 12:12

    I have never in my life read such rubbish from a bunch of plonkers .Smith is quite right to voice hes concerns fearing for hes and hes teams lives.The garbage that one has to read is mind boggling and really detracts from the person writing the article.If YOU HAVE NO KNOWLEDGE please do not post comments.

  • Jannas - 2010-02-23 12:28

    @Maestro. You seem to have great fun in slinging insults around. Little man syndrome? Your blind worship of Smith will dissapoint you time and time again. SA is more dangerous than India, we just got used to the killings here.

  • cammie - 2010-02-23 13:31

    @Maestro & @Jannas - does it actually matter where the terrorism/bombing is????? The mere fact that terrorism is alive and well should be enough to bring you both to your senses and relate in a mature manner to what is being said. If either of you were the captain/a member representing your country in any sporting code and there was a possibility of imminent danger, would you 'willy nilly' just go there knowing that there could be a chance that you were in mortal danger? Instead of making character assassinations on one another and on Smith, make a sensible and worthwhile contribution to the page in relation to the article - i.e. "... security concern"

  • Smoking Jo - 2010-02-23 13:38

    @Morena The insident you are talking about happend in 'n test series between South Africa and Pakistan. Suqlain Musthaq was bowling to Pat Symcox.

  • Maas - 2010-02-23 13:51

    Tweezer lips Smith, complaining again. Christ get a life, it is not as if you are any safer in SA.These cricketers are a bunch of spoilt brats

  • Jannas - 2010-02-23 15:18

    @Cammie. You may be right. Are you also one of those control freaks who likes to tell others what comments they can and cannot make?

  • cammie - 2010-02-23 16:02

    @Jannas - as I've said before, think clearly about what it is you want to say before you lash out with a statement. No one can control your thoughts/emotions or tell you what you cannot or can say. If you read my comment it is succinct in what I believe, opposed to the drivel you have posted. Your comment wasn't related to the article, purely an infantile lashing out at an individual you clearly don't like.

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