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'India's cricketing future in chaos'

November 28, 2008 15:39 IST

The Mumbai terror attack has brought cricketing super-power India on its knees and it could join Pakistan in the no-go destination list if foreign players refuse to participate in the postponed Champions League Twenty20, said the Australian media.

"A landmark precedent has been created with the postponement of the inaugural Champions League Twenty20 tournament, with cricket's new base -- India -- in danger of losing its status as a safe destination for players following yesterday's terror attacks in Mumbai," said The Sydney Morning Herald.

"With Australia and most major nations due to play a large portion of their cricket on the subcontinent from now on, the decision to delay the league in India could have dire consequences for future series - as has been the case for terror-ravaged Pakistan," it added.

The Champions League Twenty20 was scheduled next month from December 3 and Mumbai was one of the venues for the cash-rich mega event.

The Herald Sun said the attack, that killed over 100 people, has put international cricket in "crisis".

"The Mumbai terrorist massacre has ripped the heart out of Indian cricket with Australia suspending all cricket-related travel to the country.

"World cricket was in crisis last night with the game's most powerful nation on its knees and next week's multi-million dollar Champions League tournament postponed," it said.

The Australian felt a chaotic future awaits Indian cricket which will now struggle to alley security fears of visiting teams.

"Indian cricket's short-term future is in chaos and its long-term prospects under serious question after terror attacks in Mumbai.

"The killings and carnage sent a shiver down the spine of the international game as the targeted hotels, the Taj Mahal and Oberoi, have long been favoured by players and officials," it said.

"Mumbai is the favourite destination of all cricketers on the subcontinent and it is where the heart of subcontinental cricket resides," it added.

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