Kings XI Punjab The letter was addressed to Rajeev Shukla (IPL Chairman) © AFP
Kings XI Punjab’s (above) letter was addressed to IPL Chairman Rajeev Shukla  © AFP

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kings XI Punjab is panicky and doubtful that a terrorist attack or a situation similar to that which happened in Paris, France may arise in IPL 2016 matches as well. Kings XI Punjab had written a letter to BCCI expressing it’s fears about the same, “…recent world events like the unfortunate attack outside the Paris football stadium lead us to believe that the focus on security needs to be heightened and we would not like to willingly expose our players/fans in a venue that seems a greater risk at the present moment. We believe that these issues are a risk to the players and fans and as a franchise we cannot take any risk of accepting responsibility or liability for any failure or breakdown in the state machinery.” READ: Eden Gardens pay tribute to victims of Paris terror attack

A report in MumbaiMirror stated that the letter written by the franchise also read, “In recent months, Punjab as a region faced issues related to terrorism and local unrest, which are extremely serious in nature. The Punjab region was in turmoil as recently as a month ago when copies of the Granth Sahib were burnt; as a consequence of that incident which came on the heels of the alleged Pakistani terrorists captured in the region, the DGP was replaced — the situation is that tense… As a result of the clearly unfavourable regulatory environment, we believe that as a host franchise, we can no longer assure our players and staff, or the players and staff of visiting teams, or for that matter the fans and members of the public the level of security that an event of this nature deserves.” ALSO READ: Cricketers react to Paris terror attack

The letter was addressed to Rajeev Shukla (IPL Chairman) and its copies were marked to Shashank Manohar and Anurag Thakur as well. The letter brought to surface the franchise’s reservations over matches to be played at Mohali. It wants the venue to be shifted to Pune instead, “This view [shifting of venue] is also shared by our lead sponsors — Tata Motors, HTC, Britannia Industries and such blue chip companies, who have been our partners over the last two seasons, have all urged us to take appropriate actions to try and mitigate the security and safety risk of playing in Mohali. Therefore, there are a number of serious security, regulatory and operational issues in Mohali which do not allow us to protect and serve the players, fans and partners and therefore prohibits us from delivering what we feel is in the best interest of the game,”