Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland.
Cricket Australia chief executive officer James Sutherland. MAL FAIRCLOUGH

CA working with police to ensure safety

CRICKET: Cricket Australia is working closely with Victoria Police and federal security agencies after a foiled alleged Christmas Day terror attack in Melbourne.

An alleged "significant” Islamic State-inspired Christmas Day terror plot targeting central Melbourne with explosives was foiled after a series of arrests in raids across the city, police said yesterday.

"Our security team is in contact with the relevant authorities to ensure we have the appropriate level of security at the Boxing Day Test and other cricket matches being held around the country,” CA chief executive officer James Sutherland said after the news broke.

"The safety and security of our fans, players and officials attending any cricket match is our No.1 priority.

"We applaud Victoria Police for their efforts this morning in neutralising the threat and we will continue to work with the relevant authorities to ensure the highest security standards and protocols are maintained.”

Victoria Police chief commissioner Graham Ashton alleged those detained planned to also use knives and a gun to attack busy locations including Flinders Street train station, Federation Square and St Paul's Cathedral.

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