England cancel India tour,England pack their bags, to fly back tonight,Mumbai Terror Attack

November 27, 2008


New Delhi: The terror attacks in Mumbai have expectedly had an impact on the ongoing English tour to India as well as the T-20 Champions League that is scheduled to begin next week.

For now the three matches of the Champions League that were meant to be played in Mumbai have been shifted to Bangalore, but whether the tournament will go ahead is shrouded in doubt.

The English twenty20 champions Middlesex, Australian teams The Victorian Bush Rangers and the Western Warriors as well as the two South African teams Nashua Titans and Dolphins were meant to arrive in Mumbai on Thursday.

They have already delayed their plans by at least 24 hours as they wait for the situation to get clearer.

The English cricket team which was meant to travel to Guwahati on Thursday for the sixth ODI is at the moment staying put in Cuttack. CNN-IBN has been informed that the players are reluctant to continue the tour and have ruled out the possibility to play the second Test in Mumbai on Novermeber 19 as per schedule.

“We are and will be continued to be guided by our foreign office. And at the moment we are in discussion with the foreign office,” said the ECB officials. The England performance excellence team that is in Bangalore and has players like Monty Panesar, Andrew Strauss and Michael Vaughan will for now continue to stay in Bangalore.

BCCI sources say they are monitoring the situation closely and no decision will be made in haste. Some of these teams were infact meant to be staying at the two hotels in Mumbai where the attacks have taken place.

The Rajasthan Royals captain Shane Warne who was on his way to Mumbai, has stayed back in Singapore where he was in transit, waiting for further instructions.

The terror strikes in Mumbai since Wednesday night have also effected the Middlesex cricket team which was due to fly down to the city at 10am on Thursday.

The team was coming to participate in the Champions League which starts on December 3. The Middlesex team now has cancelled their plans for the next 24 hours and will wait for a security assessment before scheduling their flights as the Champions League matches scheduled for Mumbai have been shifted to Bangalore.

Cricket Australia is taking security advice but in the meantime has halted all travel to India where Matthew Hayden, Shane Watson, Michael Hussey were due to represent Indian franchises.

The Victorian and Western Australian teams were due to depart for India on Saturday, and the Victorians are understood to be booked into the Taj Mahal Hotel on Mumbai’s Colaba tourist strip.

The Taj was a primary target in Wednesday’s attacks, and terrorists are currently holding foreign hostages in the hotel. Warne and Rajasthan director of coaching Darren Berry had already begun their journey and were advised to remain in Singapore when news of the attacks broke.

“Warney and I got off the plane (in Singapore) and got on the Wi-Fi straight away and got a call from somebody in Australia saying whatever you do, don’t go to Mumbai,” Berry told The Age from Changi International Airport.

“So we’re in a holding pattern as everyone is. I can’t make any comment because I don’t know anything.”

“All I can say is that Warney and I are safe, we’re in Singapore and we’re contemplating our next move. That is all we can do.”


2 Responses to “England cancel India tour,England pack their bags, to fly back tonight,Mumbai Terror Attack”

  1. Alagappan Says:

    The city of Mumbai has once again been terrorized and shaken. But the Test series in India can help in speeding up the restoration of peace. http://alagappanitsme.blogspot.com/2008/11/tour-must-go-on.html

  2. Pankaj Says:

    thanks for your valuable information

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