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Blasts put question mark over sports events in Hyderabad

August 27, 2007 15:32 IST

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The twin bomb blasts in Hyderabad on Saturday have cast a shadow over the major sports events scheduled to be held in Hyderabad in the coming months. This includes the Indian Open Grand Prix badminton in September and a one-day international match against Australia in October.

Paul Marsh, chief executive officer of the Australian Cricketers Association, has expressed his concern at the recent turn of events.

"It's a matter of concern for the Australian Cricketers Association and we'll be talking with Cricket Australia and the relevant authorities," Marsh said in Melbourne on Monday.

In the wake of the Hyderabad blasts, the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade warned its citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution in India because of the high risk of terrorist activity by militant groups".

The India-Australia one day international at Hyderabad is slated for October 5. A Cricket Australia advance team has already reviewed the security arrangements for the seven one-day matches to be held in September-October.

A spokesperson for Cricket Australia said on Sunday that the situation in India was being monitored, but there was little immediate concern.

"We have absolute confidence in the security arrangements that the Board of Control for Cricket in India and their experts, along with our experts, have put in place for the Australian team," the spokesperson said.

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