Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir is concerned about world security. He hopes that the big tournaments like the Indian Premier League (IPL) or the World Cup to maintain the proper security arrangements.
In the last two months, two cricket-loving nations have been shaken by the multiple terror attacks.
In last March, a terrorist group attacked two mosques in the Christchurch city, New Zealand. Around 50 people died, and 50 more nursed injuries.
During that time, the Bangladesh national cricket team was busy to play the international series on Kiwis shores. The Bangladesh cricketers narrowly escaped from one of those mosque attacks thanks to their late arrival. They still had to play one more Test in that tour, but soon after that horrific attack, that Test was called off.
Shortly after that, the Bangladesh cricketers safely returned to their home.
Recently, the multiple bomb blasts have shaken entire Sri Lanka. More than 350 people have been killed and around 500 more people have been injured in that incident.
We are not living in the most secure times – Gautam Gambhir
Gambhir had the belief that both those countries were safer to play cricket. But recently massive life-threatening incidents in both countries have devastated him.
The former Indian cricketer recently wrote for TOI, “We are not living in the most secure times. Last month’s attack in New Zealand and the string of blasts in Sri Lanka on Sunday have clearly told us that no country is safe. I was devastated at news coming from both these extremely peace-loving cricketing nations. As a well-travelled cricketer, I never imagined that even New Zealand could be attacked in such an audacious manner. I thought the same way about Sri Lanka. After decades of unrest ended in the island nation, I considered it to be one of the best places in the world to play cricket. Sadly, I was wrong on both counts. But the question is have we learnt our lesson? Are we cautious enough?”
Gautam Gambhir spoke about the security
In the wake of these incidents, Gambhir feels that the organisers must arrange proper security for the major tournaments.
He added, “As a professional cricketer we play in front of packed houses, travel through some of the busiest airports in the world with every pair of eyes on us. While I have never felt any challenges leading this rather blessed life, as a young father of two little girls that “what if ?” always lingered in my mind. I am not an expert when it comes to security but I hope that marquee tournaments like the IPL or the upcoming World Cup are well guarded. I hope the administrators are up to speed with the threats the terror attacks pose to the sporting properties.
The IPL 2019 is running in India simultaneously with the national election. Meanwhile, England and Wales will host the upcoming 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July.
Moreover, a total of ten teams will participate in the upcoming 2019 World Cup.
I was trying to put myself in Muttiah Muralitharan’s shoes – Gautam Gambhir
At present, the former Sri Lankan off-spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is playing the bowling coach role for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). Gambhir believes that SRH management will be supportive of Muttiah Muralitharan in this tough period.
He wrote, “I was trying to put myself in Muttiah Muralitharan’s shoes – he was in the Sunrisers Hyderabad dugout on Easter evening, the day the blasts took place in Sri Lanka. It couldn’t have been easy for him to concentrate on cricket with all that was happening back home. Should the franchise have given Murali the option of returning home? Well, knowing the SRH management, where my good friend VVS Laxman is, they would have definitely proposed this.”
The former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman is the mentor of present SRH side.