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Ireland monitoring security situation in India ahead of Afghanistan ODI

Ireland coach Graham Ford
Ireland coach Graham Ford

By Adam McKendry

Cricket Ireland say they are keeping an eye on the security situation that has seen Dehradun Airport briefly shut down ahead of their one-day international match against Afghanistan.

The team are in Dehradun for the first of their five-game ODI series against the Afghans, however tensions between India and Pakistan has led to airspace around the city being shut down.

Both countries claim to have downed jets belonging to the other, which led to the restrictions being placed upon the airports.

These restrictions have since been lifted, however tensions still exist between the two countries, leading Cricket Ireland to release a statement regarding the situation.

"Officials from Cricket Ireland are actively monitoring the current security situation between India and Pakistan, amid reports that Dehradun airport had briefly shut down," read the statement.

"Management is liaising with the squad, and engaging with the Afghanistan Cricket Board, ICC, Irish Department of Foreign Affairs and UK Foreign & Commonwealth Office.

"Preparations are currently continuing in advance of the upcoming ODI series, however Cricket Ireland will comply with any official advice over coming days in order to ensure the safety and security of players and team management."

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