CA suspends its players' visit to India for Champions League

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Melbourne, Nov 27 (UNI) The terrorist attacks in Mumbai, which has killed more than 80 people, have forced Cricket Australia (CA) to put an immediate halt on plans for its cricketers to travel to India for next week's Champions League Twenty20 tournament.

The Western Australia and Victoria state teams are scheduled to play in the tournament along with Test stars Mike Hussey, Matthew Hayden, Shane Watson and Warne representing Indian Premier League (IPL) teams.

''Given the circumstances, Cricket Australia has put an immediate halt on any cricket-related travel to India,'' said CA in a statement.

''We are in ongoing contact with DFAT, our own security expert in India, the Australian Cricketers' Association and our own playing groups and stakeholders,'' it added.

The Champions League will be contested between eight teams from India, Australia, South Africa, England and Pakistan over eight days.

CA spokesman Peter Young said, ''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.

''We are basically on temporary hold while we assess the situation, while we get expert advice and while we consult all of the parties who are involved.

''I wouldn't expect we would be doing anything for at least the next 12 hours,'' Young said.

In the group phase of the eight-team tournament, Victoria are scheduled to play at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium on December 3 against English side Middlesex and the following day against IPL's Chennai Super Kings who boast Australian stars Hayden and Hussey.

Meanwhile, sources close to BCCI said there were plans that the matches scheduled to play in Mumbai would be shifted to Bangalore.


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