Wellington: Jacob Oram, the big New Zealand all-rounder, said on Wednesday that he will think twice before travelling to India for the IPL.
“The trouble in Pakistan and Sri Lanka has been going on for a while but the Mumbai attacks really made me think,” said Oram, who plays for the Chennai Super Kings. “The IPL has given me an economic freedom that I didn’t even dream about, but I have a family now.”
Added Oram: “Cricket’s important but it’s not as important as my life. Lalit Modi and the IPL have given assurances that the security will be beefed up for the event but I’ll be talking to Heath Mills before making a final decision. If everyone’s happy with the situation in India, I don’t think I’ll have a problem going. But I’ll be thinking twice, before going to play in the sub-continent.”
Asked about the defeat in the first ODI at Napier, Oram said, “We were pretty terrible, we had plans, we didn’t execute them. Just nothing went right.”
He said India’s batting flexibility had New Zealand off balance. “Their batting order has been a bit of a mystery for us. It changes in almost every match and it’s difficult to plan for that.
“Gambhir didn’t even have a bat and Raina batted at 5-6 and still made runs. So it’s difficult, but we have to win.” — Special Correspondent