Thursday, February 18, 2010

Cricketer Warne reconsidering IPL

The text of the emailed message reads, in rough translation:

“We warned the international community to play their role in getting the Kashmiris their right of self-determination and preventing India from committing brutalities in Kashmir, especially in Badipuar, raping the women and behaving inhumanly with Muslim prisoners.

“We warn the international community not to send their people to the 2010 Hockey World Cup, IPL [Indian Premier League - a cricket competition involving international players] and Commonwealth Games [to be held in Delhi later this year]. Nor should their people visit India - if they do, they will be responsible for the consequences.

"We, the mujahideen of 313 Brigade, vow to continue attacks all across India until the Indian Army leaves Kashmir and gives the Kashmiris their right of self-determination. We assure the Muslims of the subcontinent that we will never forget the massacre of the Muslims in Gujarat and the demolition of Babri Masjid [a Muslim mosque destroyed by Hindu militants in 1992]. The entire Muslim community is one body and we will take revenge for all injustices and tyranny. We again warn the Indian government to compensate for all its injustices, otherwise they will see our next action.

"From 313 Brigade"

Shilpa Shetty and Shane Warne in London.—AP

SYDNEY (AP): Former cricketing great Shane Warne says he's reconsidering whether to play in the Indian Premier League this season if threats of a terrorist attack were proven to be credible.
Warne, who is set to leave later this month for India to be captain-coach of the Rajasthan Royals, was quoted in Thursday's The Daily Telegraph newspaper in Sydney that the threat by the militants with links to al-Qaida to target the IPL in March, the field hockey World Cup and Commonwealth Games is a serious reason for concern.
''The threats of the past 24 hours have certainly got me thinking twice and is of deep concern to athletes across a number of sports,'' Warne said.
''If the threats are proven to be real, then organizers of the IPL may look at moving the tournament. We moved it last year at short notice and it can be done, and there is no way organizers will risk the safety of players and officials.''

South Africa could be an option as the country hosted the IPL last year due to safety concerns in India relating to a general election.
''I love the country and I'm committed to the Royals, but obviously if I'm given the advice it's unsafe that will prompt a serious rethink,'' Warne said. — AP