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Posted: Thursday, November 27, 2008 12:13 am | Updated: 11:14 pm, Fri Oct 7, 2011.

NEW DELHI - England has canceled its cricket tour of India in the wake of terror attacks that have killed at least 101 people in Mumbai.

While the English squad remained in Cuttack, where it lost Wednesday night to go 5-0 down in a seven-match limited-overs series, England and Wales Cricket Board officials met Thursday morning with the Board of Control for Cricket in India.

The Press Trust of India reported that the tour — which still had two limited-overs internationals and two test matches remaining on the itinerary — had been canceled.

A high-ranking BCCI official, speaking on the condition of anonymity because he isn't authorized to comment to the media, told The Associated Press that the tour had been canceled and a formal statement would be released later Thursday.

The Champions League Twenty20 tournament, due to start next Wednesday in Mumbai, could also be be scrapped. Officials were not available to comment, but Australian and English provincial clubs had already postponed leaving for India.

Terrorists took Westerners hostage in the coordinated overnight attacks across the southern India city. One of the luxury hotels in flames, the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel, was where English country side Middlesex planned to stay for the Champions Trophy.

The English national squad stayed at the hotel two weeks and was due to return there on Dec. 16, three days ahead of the second test.

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