Great deal of expectation about CWG in Australia: Lawson

Updated: Sep 08, 2010, 18:13 PM IST

Mumbai: Next month`s Commonwealth Games in Delhi might be mired in a spate of controversies and missed schedules but is a keenly awaited event in countries like Australia.

Former Australia pace bowler Geoff Lawson, who is in Mumbai for talks to take up an assignment with the new IPL Kochi franchise outfit, said that the apprehensions over security have now given way to expectations among people and athletes back home.

"In Australia the Olympic Games are number one, Commonwealth Games number two. There is a lot of hype about the Commonwealth Games in Australia," the 52-year-old New South Welshman said here during a brief interaction with reporters.

"It`s happening in Delhi. Six months ago there was concern about security. But now there`s a great deal of expectation, to see and enjoy India," said the gangling former cricketer who snapped up 180 wickets in 46 Tests between 1980 and 1989.

"A lot of people think India is a great place to go, people are wonderful and venues have all been put in place. The athletes, they want to come to India," said Lawson.