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Bushrangers travel plans on hold

The Victorian Bushrangers cricket team was booked into Mumbai's Taj Mahal Hotel, the scene of a deadly terror attack overnight.

The team, scheduled to compete in the Champions League Twenty/20 which starts next week, was due to fly to Mumbai tomorrow night.

A Cricket Victoria spokesman said the team had been booked into the luxurious Taj Mahal, in which gunmen were holed up this morning after at least three people were killed.

The spokesman said administrators were reeling with shock from the attacks and were uncertain whether the tour would continue as planned.

"It's too early to be making any firm judgements. We will need to talk with Cricket Australia and the Australian Government,'' he said.

The Victorians are scheduled to play a warm-up Twenty/20 match against a WA side tomorrow at the Lilac Hill Cricket Festival and planned to fly to India from Perth after the match.

Victoria is due to open the tournament in Mumbai against Middlesex next Wednesday. The Vics are also due to play against the Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai the following day.

Australian Test players Matthew Hayden and Mike Hussey play for the Chennai Super Kings.

The third game scheduled for Mumbai is for Friday, December 5 between Shane Warne's Rajasthan Royals and the Sialkot Stallions.

Warne and Darren Berry, who has a coaching role at the Rajasthan Royals, flew early this morning to India. They were flying to Jaipur, 930km from Mumbai.

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.

ESPN paid $950 million for the TV rights to the event, so there will be massive pressure brought to bear for it to be held despite the Mumbai bombings.

There's every chance the three Mumbai games could be moved to Bangalore and/or Chennai which already share the other 12 games.

source - news.com.au
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