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It's a whole new world of risk in India now: FICA

December 05, 2008 13:04 IST

Federation of International Cricketers' Association says the terror attacks in Mumbai have turned India into a "risky" place and it is planning to hold a security summit to discuss the "volatile situation" there.

"It's a whole new world of risk in India now, that rather than having these random bombings of random places, they are targeting western (interests)," FICA chief executive Tim May was quoted as saying by 'The Age'.

"Obviously it is a relatively volatile sort of landscape at the moment. The overwhelming direction that is coming through from players is that they totally understand how important it is for cricket to continue to be played in the subcontinent, and that is not from a selfish point of view in terms of player wages, it is also about the whole game," he added.

May said the lure of playing in the cash-rich Indian leagues would always draw players to India and therefore it was imperative to address the security issues.

"It is obviously very lucrative to play IPL, ICL, Champion's League or whatever in India, but what we are trying to address is on a larger scale. It is imperative for cricket to continue in that region because there's a lot of countries whose financial survival is dependent upon revenues that are generated within that particular territory," he explained.

"At the end of the day, there will be a process that hopefully will get all the stakeholders together to run some sort of security summit," he added.

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