The Victorian government has enlisted the support of Australian all-time spin bowler Shane Warne to turn the country’s sagging reputation around and help soothe anger in India by doing some promotional work.Warne met with Premier John Brumby in this regard behind closed doors Friday but the leg-spinner refused to speak to the media on the outcome of the talks.Brumby repeated the possibility of a “friendship cricket game” and did not rule out a taxpayer-funded ad campaign to contain the fallout over continuing attacks on Indians.
The Federation of Indian Students of Australia (FISA) spokesman Gautam Gupta said Warne was a good ambassador and his work should be focused on tackling racism locally, rather than promoting Australia overseas.
“He’s got a lot of young followers and he sends the right message,” Gupta added.
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By Melbourne news bureau
Melbourne: Victorian Premier John Brumby has expressed willingness to meet Indian High Commissioner Mrs. Sujatha Singh to brief her on the progress that had been made, including boosting police patrols in high risk areas like railway stations and toughening up police powers to search for weapons.
‘‘I’ll be able to inform her of all of these things and again to reassure her that Victoria is a much safer place than other places in Australia and indeed around the world,’’ Mr Brumby told reporters today.
Mr Brumby mooted a possible Indian taskforce to address racial attacks but said it would merely formalise work already occurring, reports The Age.
He will meet with cricketer Shane Warne tomorrow to discuss promotion of Australia in the sub-continent, including a possible friendship cricket game.
Earlier, Mr. Brumby had slammed the India for unbalanced reporting on the attacks.