Belfast Telegraph

Friday 19 September 2014

Security alert for Ireland cricket team

The venue for two of Ireland’s World Cup matches next March is now a security risk.

This week’s Indian Premier League semi-finals, scheduled for Bangalore, have been moved to Mumbai following the explosion outside the Chinnaswammy Stadium.

That attack held up Saturday’s IPL game between the home team, who include former Ireland international Eoin Morgan and now England team-mate Kevin Pietersen in their squad, and the Mumbai Indians.

Ireland are due to play England and India in Bangalore in their second and third matches at the World Cup before moving on to Chandigarh and Calcutta.

The International Cricket Council have yet to make any comment following the bombs when 10 people were injured.

Meanwhile, Ireland will play in Trinidad less than 24 hours after flying into Port of Spain.

Yet another revised schedule pitches Ireland into their first game, against a Trinidad Board XI tonight, starting under the lights at 8pm.

They will play again on Thursday afternoon, against a Trinidad XI, as part of the ICC-arranged training camp for the two Associate nations in the World Twenty20.

Afghanistan, who defeated Ireland in the final of the qualifying tournament in Dubai are due to arrive in Trinidad today.

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