Terror attacks put Champions League Twenty20 in doubt

The terror attacks at Mumbai Wednesday night have put a question mark over the Twenty20 Champions League with Middlesex delaying their flight to the country and Cricket Australia suspending all travel to India even as tournament organisers shifted three matches from Mumbai to Bangalore.

Middlesex, who were due to arrive in Mumbai today morning and stay at the Taj Mahal Hotel — which came under attack last night along with the Oberoi Hotel — have delayed their flight to India until Friday.

“When we get the relevant reports through we will make a decision (on whether to go) then. As we speak now if we are told everything is fine I am prepared to say we will go but if they (the attacks) are cricket related that puts different slant on it,” said Middlesex skipper Shaun Udal told the ‘Daily Telegraph’.

“It is very early to make any knee-jerk decision. The phone has been ringing non-stop with the players wanting to know what is going to happen. We don’t know if it is cricket-related or not but it is an enormous coincidence,” Udal added.

Cricket Australia, meanwhile, warned its cricketers against touring India for next week’s Champions League.

Western Australia and Victoria were scheduled to play in the tournament along with Mike Hussey, Matthew Hayden, Shane Watson and Shane Warne who will be turning out for Indian Premier League teams.

“The state of play at the moment is that we are not expecting to have any really good understanding of what the situation is for the first 12 hours,” CA spokesman Peter Young was quoted as saying by the Australian Associated Press (AAP).

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