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The threat of overseas players withdrawing from the 2010 season of the IPL has reduced after the league's organisers assured players' unions that the security plan will be implemented at each venue. Tim May, the head of FICA, said the development would "certainly improve confidence in security".

"This is a significant step forward. The more information you provide the players with, the greater the likelihood that they will attend the event," May told BBC Sport. "We have a significant amount of information we did not have previously, which will assist players making far more informed decisions about whether to go or not."

May had warned earlier that there could be several withdrawals due to security concerns. However, this latest improvement in the situation came after the reported threat from the 313 Brigade, an Al Qaeda cell, was deemed "not credible".

"We haven't reached utopia yet, but the new information has given us greater confidence," May said. "Last week we were operating in an information vacuum."

Lalit Modi, the IPL commissioner, who had earlier refused to deal with players' associations said he didn't think there would be any withdrawals at all. "Already a lot of the players are on planes on their way to India and will arrive in the next few days," he said "Security is very important to us. We have not had to change our plans, I think it is more a case of the players now understanding them. I think they are more comfortable with the plans being implemented."

Meanwhile, the Kings XI Punjab franchise issued a statement confirming that England batsman Ravi Bopara would arrive in India on March 3. "We have spoken to Bopara and he has confirmed his participation and is eagerly waiting to join in the hunt for the 2010 IPL trophy," they said. "All media reports on his non-participation are speculative."

It was reported that Bopara had delayed his departure from England, and had not yet come to a decision whether to travel to India or not for the tournament which begins on March 12.

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