India reassures Aussies after bus attack

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The shattered window pane of the bus in which Australian cricketers were returning to their hotel after the T20 International against India in Guwahati Tuesday.

NEW DELHI — India’s sports minister Wednesday sought to reassure Australian cricketers about their safety after a rock shattered a window on the bus taking them to their hotel following a series-leveling win in the second Twenty20 International.

The incident in the northeastern Indian city of Guwahati was the second in two months, after Cricket Australia said in September that the team’s bus window was broken by a “small rock or stone” in Bangladesh after a Test match.

“Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!,” batsman Aaron Finch tweeted after the eight-wicket win against India.

The photo he posted on Twitter showed a shattered window pane with a large hole.

Indian Sports Minister Rajyavardhan Rathore, an Olympic silver medalist in shooting, said there were tight security arrangements in place for the Australian team as well as for the players taking part in the Under-17 FIFA World Cup.

“Personal security of visiting athletes & teams is extremely important for us,” he tweeted.

“Guwahati stone-throwing incident NOT reflective of our security measures. Aus team & FIFA are content w/those. India remains a graceful host.”

Two people have been arrested as police investigations into the incident continue, the Press Trust of India reported.

Cricket Australia’s news site cricket.com.au said no one was hurt when the window was broken by a rock roughly the size of a cricket ball, but the Australian players were “understandably shaken up”.

A CA spokesman said they were “satisfied with the levels of security provided”.

Top Indian spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said guests should be treated with respect and urged restraint from his countrymen.

“The stone thrown at the Aussie team bus shows us in bad light, let’s all act more responsibly. A vast majority of us are capable of that,” he wrote on Twitter.

The cricket board said the rock was “believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball” and had ended up inside the bus.

“In a remarkable piece of good fortune, no one was sitting on the seat next to the window when it was broken,” CA’s report said.

Australia is scheduled to play India in the third and final Twenty20 of the series in Hyderabad Friday. — AFP


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