Singapore, Nov 27 : Former Australian spinner Shane Warne perhaps narrowly escaped death, as he was to arrive in Mumbai today and stay at the same Hotel Taj which was one of the prime targets of terrorists belonging to Deccan Mujahidden. At least 80 people have been feared dead so far.
According to the Herald Sun, Warne walked into the transit lounge at Singapore airport on Wednesday morning, looked up at the TV and saw terror in Mumbai, where he and traveling partner former Victorian wicketkeeper Darren Berry were heading to participate in the Twenty20 Champions League.
Warne, on his way to skipper the Rajasthan Royals in the Twenty20 Champions League, said: "I'm shocked. Berry and I got off the plane and saw the news on TV. It's unbelievable. The place is chaos. "We are heading to Mumbai and that's the hotel we are staying at. I don't think we will be going (to India) now. Why would you?"
Warne said he had withdrawn his bags from the connecting flight (to Mumbai) and would stay put at the Singapore Airport and wait for further information. "At this stage I am going to stay where I am for the rest of the day, but I reckon we are certainties to be on a flight heading home later today. It is just not worth the risk. No about of money is worth the risk with what is going on over there at the moment," the paper quoted him as saying.
Warne's Royals, winners of the first Indian Premier League championship, are scheduled to play in Mumbai December 5 against the Siakot Stallions. Berry is the official coach of the Rajasthan Royals tea.
The Champions League will be contested between eight teams from India, Australia, South Africa and England over eight days. It's a 15-match tournament played for megabucks.
Victoria and Western Australia, which are Australia's representatives in the eight-team Twenty20 Champions League, have reportedly cancelled their tours.