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Cricket Australia (CA) on Friday confirmed that there is "no reason to doubt" that the second Test match at Hyderabad go ahead as planned following the bomb blasts in the city that killed 14 on Thursday.
"We will make assessments in time but at this stage there is no reason to doubt that what we have planned in Hyderabad will go ahead," CA's CEO James Sutherland said.
"Very concerned to hear that news but at the same time we are focussed. On the management side, we will wait for the next few days and make any necessary assessments," asserted Sutherland.
Sutherland said it was too early to express fears as he is "comfortable" with the security being provided to the Australian cricketers.
"We work closely with relevant authorities in taking advice from them. My expectation would be that everything will go ahead in Hyderabad as planned," he stressed. "I am very comfortable with security arrangements. From our reports after talking to our security guys, everything has gone absolutely to plan," he said.
Sutherland said none of the touring players have expressed any security fears after the blasts. "No player has indicated any concern at the moment. The management will do what they need to do; taking relevant advice, working with authorities here in Chennai and in other parts, including the Australian government," he said.
Govt guarantee: BCCI
Meanwhile, senior BCCI official Rajeev Shukla said the board saw no reason to shift the second Test out of Hyderabad. Shukla said BCCI president N Srinivasan will speak to CA's Sutherland."The government has given guarantee of safety," he said.