Player's safety high on Ponting's mind

Reuters
Sep 22, 2008 at 08:19pm IST

Mumbai: Australia arrived in India on Monday for a four-Test series starting next month with captain Ricky Ponting saying that players' safety was paramount after a series of bombs in New Delhi on September 13.

Australia decided to go ahead with the tour only after a security review following the blasts in new Delhi that killed at least 20 people and injured more than 90.

Ponting said the safety of the touring party would continue to be monitored throughout the tour.

ON A MISSION: Australia play a four-Test series against India with the first match in Bangalore.

"With the state of the world and the state of some of the countries that we're playing in, it's vitally important that me as captain and all the players in this national team are kept in the loop as much as possible and as often as possible," he said on Cricket Australia's website.

Australia's planned tour of Pakistan and this year's Champions Trophy in Pakistan were both postponed because of security fears.

On Saturday, a suicide truck-bomb attack on the Marriott Hotel in Islamabad killed at least 53 people.

"It is an absolute shame that things like this continue to happen in Pakistan because, believe it or not, as players you want to travel all round the world and you want to play in all the conditions around the world," Ponting said.

"Unfortunately right now at the moment there's no way that we can be touring Pakistan."

The first Test against India starts in Bangalore on October 9.

The remaining Tests are in Mohali, Delhi and Nagpur.

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