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Today was Cricket’s blackest day in its history with terror strikes targeted at the Sri Lankan Cricket team in Lahore. Fortunately all the players escaped with minor injuries although they faced attack from as many as 12 heavily armed terrorists from various corners on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day’s play of the second and final Test.
The players had the presence of mind to quickly to duck down on the floor of the bus to avoid the bullets. Thilan Samaraweera was unlucky as he received a bullet in his leg from an AK 47 assault rifle. Along with Samaraweera the other badly wounded player was newcomer Tharanga Paranavithana who had a chest injury from a shrapnel. Samaraweera and Paranavithana were hospitalized and the former had an operation. Other players Mahela Jayawardene, Ajantha Mendis, Kumar Sangakkara and assistant coach Paul Farbrace were struck with minor shrapnel injuries. Fourth Umpire Ahsan Raza had received a bullet injury and is getting operated upon, he was traveling in a mini bus whose driver was shot dead. Five cops as part of the convoy were killed in the ambush.
The Lankans were lucky that their driver didn’t get any injuries and was alert enough to drive the bus away from the attack. There was a rocket launcher and a grenade attack on the Sri Lankan team bus but luckily they failed to create any damage. The terrorists fled away from the scene and are still on loose!
The Test match was obviously called off and the Lankan players were air lifted by a military helicopter that landed just next to the pitch at the Gaddafi Stadium. The players are going to return back to Colombo today via Dubai. The ICC has confirmed that there will not be any international cricket in Pakistan for quite sometime.