Gilchrist may withdraw from IPL-3 over Shiv Sena threat

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Melbourne, Jan 15 (ANI): Deccan Chargers skipper Adam Gilchrist will consider withdrawing from the IPL 2010 edition if security experts deem the country unsafe after threats from Maharashtra based Shiv Sena to not allow Australian players to play in India over attacks on Indian students in Melbourne and other parts of the country.

The welfare of Australia's elite cricketers has become a concern after Shiv Sena supremo warned on Wednesday that activists planned to disrupt matches in the Indian city of Mumbai because of attacks on Indians living in Australia.

Gilchrist is one of the Australians, including captain Ricky Ponting and former stars Matthew Hayden and Andrew Symonds, set to appear in the IPL-3, which begins on March 12.

The former wicketkeeper is keen to return for defending champions Deccan Chargers, but he will adopt a wait-and-see approach as Australian cricket authorities assess the security threat on the sub-continent, the Daily Telegraph reports.

"Adam is aware of the situation and he is always very mindful of the security concerns in India. Adam was looking to play in this year's tournament but it is always a worry when statements like that (made by Shiv Sena) are being made," his manager Stephen Atkinson said.

"Ultimately, he will be guided by the views of Cricket Australia and security experts. He is intending to go, but any final decision is subject to travel and security advice by Cricket Australia and the ACA (Australian Cricketers Association)," he added.

Meanwhile, off-spinner Jason Krejza says Shiv Sena's threats are unlikely to stop him travelling to India.

Krejza is one of 11 Australians planning to make their debut in the 2010 Twenty20 tournament after entering his name in the IPL auction, which takes place on Tuesday. (ANI)

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