Question mark over England cricket series and Champions League (Lead)

November 27th, 2008 - 1:36 pm ICT by IANS  

New Delhi, Nov 27 (IANS) The terror strikes in Mumbai late Wednesday night have put a big question mark over the ongoing cricket series against England and next month’s Champions League.Officials of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) are trying to convince the England team to continue with the ongoing tour in India.

Meanwhile, Cricket Australia (CA) officials are also meeting to discuss whether the Australian cricketers would be allowed to travel to India for the Twenty20 Champions League. Mumbai is slated to host some of the matches of the Champions League.

Five One-day Internationals of the seven-match series have already been played and the BCCI officials are meeting to discuss the future of the series after the England cricket team said it was not willing to travel to Guwahati for the sixth ODI slated for Saturday.

The seventh ODI will be played in Delhi, Tuesday.

“Everyone is curious about the issue. We will issue a statement,” said BCCI secretary N. Srinivasan Thursday.

There is also a possibility of shifting the second and the final Test of the series out of Mumbai.

At least 101 people, including a foreign tourist and four top police officers, were killed and over 250 were injured in multiple terror attacks in Mumbai.

The most audacious terror attack in Mumbai began Wednesday night, when militants attacked high profile landmarks, including the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel, Oberoi Trident Hotel, Metro Theatre and the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus (formerly Victoria Terminus) railway station.

A hostage crisis continued Thursday with tourists and other guests being held by terrorists in the two five-star hotels.

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