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Gilchrist mourns Jaipur tragedy, hopes the show will go on
May 16, 2008 13:25 IST
The serial blasts in Jaipur may have left Shane Warne [Images] and Shane Watson in absolute panic but fellow Australian Adam Gilchrist [Images] refrains from any knee-jerk reaction and hopes the show --the Indian Premier League-- will go on.
"Whatever happened in Jaipur was a tragedy but I'm sure they will put in place adequate security measures for the IPL. It has been a fantastic tournament and I hope it goes on," Gilchrist said after his side Deccan Chargers narrowly lost to Delhi Daredevils in Delhi on Thursday night.
Earlier, Rajasthan Royals' coach-cum-captain Warne, Watson and the side's Australian performance manager Darren Berry seemed determined to pack their bags and leave for home after Tuesday's serial blasts in the side's base in Jaipur.
Berry said his family members were worried about his safety and key Rajasthan players, including their Australian imports and South African captain Graeme Smith [Images] were considering going back.
Gilchrist, meanwhile, reposed faith in the organisers' ability to put in place a foolproof security system to avert any untoward incident as the IPL approaches its business end.
"I think the security measures put in place are adept. In our case, we will be guided by the security experts," said the star stumper-batsman.
IPL Chairman Lalit Modi has made it clear that Saturday's Rajasthan Royals vs Bangalore Royal Challengers match would not be shifted despite the blasts.
The Swai Mansingh Stadium would see heavy deployment of security personnel tomorrow with string restrictions on the spectators who would not be allowed to bring a bag inside the stadium.
Modi said the players did have security concerns but the issue has been sorted out. As a mark of respect to the deceased in the blasts, there would be no cheerleaders or music tomorrow, he said.