Wellington cricket squad reconsidering plans to visit Bangalore after blasts

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Wellington, April 19 (ANI): An under-16 Wellington side, which was scheduled to play three ODIs in Bangalore, is reconsidering its travel plans following Saturday's explosions in Bangalore.

Two bombs exploded earlier outside the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore, injuring at least 17 people, just as an Indian Premier League match between the Bangalore Royal Challengers and the Mumbai Indians was about to begin. Two more bombs were detected a day later.

Gavin Larsen, former Black Cap and Cricket Wellington CEO, told NZ Herald News that though the trip was "a chance of life-time", he would consult the International Cricket Council's security specialist, New Zealand Cricket Player Association head Heath Mills, and an independent security specialist before taking a final call in the next 48 hours.

He said parents have entrusted Cricket Wellington to make the decision and added: "The bottom line is we would not compromise the safety of the touring party". Recalling his days in Sri Lanka in 1992, when a bomb went off near the player's hotel, he said: "The episode was incredibly unnerving". (ANI)

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