Security concern for Australia as rock hits team bus in India

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    The Australian cricket team have had their second security scare in five weeks after a rock shattered a window on their team bus following an eight-wicket win over India in Guwahati.

    Amazingly, no one was injured despite the rock going through the window of the bus as no one was sitting in the seat, but it has shaken the Australian team up. They were heading back from the ground to the hotel when the incident happened.

    Already travelling around India during their limited overs tour of five ODIs and three T20s with extra security measures in place, it was only their second victory out of the seven matches played.

    Australia’s team bus came under attack during their recent Test series in Bangladesh as well, with a smaller rock being thrown at the team bus in Chittagong. On that occasion, the window stayed intact and again, no one was injured.

    While Cricket Australia declined to comment on the incident, Aaron Finch posted on Twitter that it was ‘pretty scary.’

    While Australia has had security measures ramped up in India, it’s yet to be seen if any extra will be placed after the rock-throwing incident, as they were in Bangladesh last month.

    The latest incident comes as a concern for cricket in the troubled Asian region. Already Pakistan isn’t allowed to play a majority matches on their home ground, and more incidents could see the same happen for other sub-continent countries.

    They successfully hosted a World XI in three T20 matches late last month, but Pakistan hasn’t been able to host international cricket since 2009 after the Sri Lankan team bus was attacked on the way to the ground during a Test match.

    Although no threats have been made by other nations or the ICC at this stage, Australia cancelled a tour of Bangladesh in 2015 due to security concerns and it’s not hard to see how other incidents in the future could cause further problems for nations attempting to host tours.

    Scott Pryde
    Scott Pryde

    One of the mainstays of The Roar, Scott Pryde has written over 1200 articles covering everything from rugby league to basketball, from tennis to cricket. You can follow him on Twitter @sk_pryde.

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