India won't be problem for Oz cricketers during IPL-3, says Brett Lee

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Sydney, Feb.4 (ANI): Fast bowler Brett Lee has returned from a goodwill mission to India and is satisfied that Australian cricketers will be safe there if they adhere to the strict security precautions recommended for the Indian Premier League.

Lee said he "definitely won't have a problem going back" to the country where he is idolised by millions.

According to the Sydney Morning Herald, Lee has spent the past week speaking to business groups in India, and said he had made a concerted effort to mend relations between the two countries, which have been fractured by a spate of attacks against Indian students in Melbourne.

Lee insisted attitudes towards Australian players had not changed despite a recent threat from the right-wing Shiv Sena declaring Australian players were not welcome in Mumbai.

He said stringent measures advised by the chief of security for the IPL, Bob Nicholls, were a reality of modern touring life in the country.

"I think you just have to be sensible, more so from a crowd point of view, that people are so excited to see Australian players. That's the take I have on it. I have just spent a week over there, and it was fine.

People were very friendly, and it hadn't changed. With the right measures in place, we've got [security] people on the ground every single day, as long as we are sensible about things, it won't be a problem," said Lee, who is contracted to the Punjab Kings XI.

He added: "I've have been trying to build a bridge, educate people that what has happened, obviously we don't want it to happen again, but you would hate to lose the confidence of those Indian people that want to come over and study."

"Likewise, whenever I have had the opportunity to go to India I have always felt very safe, I have never felt threatened," he said. (ANI)

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