Security concerns over India-Australia series

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Melbourne, Jul 28 (UNI) A series of bombings in India over the weekend has raised concern about the safety of cricketers across the region.

Media reports in Australia suggests that there is some amount of concern over Australia's Test tour in October following the serial blasts in Bangalore and Ahmedabad.

Officials from Cricket Australia (CA) and the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) will arrive in India in August for a pre-planned inspection, and may now also bring along a security consultant with them.

Cricket Australia General Manager of public affairs, Peter Young discussed the latest bombings with Chief Executive James Sutherland.

''We have a principle which supports a consistent process of having a pre-tour inspection and assessment before every tour,'' Young was quoted as saying by 'The Australian'.

However, Tim May, chief executive of the Federation of International Cricketers Associations (FICA) said it was unfair to compare the Jaipur bombing to the situation in Pakistan.

''Pakistan has had 66 suicide bombings within its country over the past 12 months with over 3000 people killed and 17 of those attacks have been in the venues of the Champions Trophy,'' May said.

''There was no security assessment that there was the likelihood of any further bombs going off in Jaipur.'' Australia are scheduled to play four Test series in India in October.

The first Test is scheduled to be played in Bangalore, where nine explosions on Friday night killed two people and injured 12.

A day later, blasts in Ahmedabad killed at least 30 people and injured more than 100.

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