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    Terror attack in pakistan,Sri lankan cricket team shot at

    This is a very very sad for sport indeed. These idiots are now even targeting sports teams. Thankfully all the players are ok. May the police and innocent bystanders RIP.



    SL cricketers injured in terror attack
    Cricinfo staff
    March 3, 2009

    Security guards inspect a damaged vehicle after the firing in Lahore AFP

    Terror struck at the heart of cricket when masked gunmen attacked the bus carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team to the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. Five cricketers, including Mahela Jayawardene, the Sri Lankan captain, and his deputy Kumar Sangakkara, received minor injuries. The attack also left six security men and two civilians dead.

    Ijaz Butt, the PCB chief, said the Test has been called off. Salman Tasheer, the Punjab governor, said a helicopter will soon evacuate the Sri Lankan players from Gaddafi Stadium and take them to a nearby airbase from where the team will fly back to Sri Lanka. Duleep Mendis, the Sri Lanka Cricket chief, said that they were "getting the team back [to Sri Lanka] today".

    There have been terror strikes on the peripheries of cricket, but this is the first time players have been directly targeted. The Sri Lankans were on their way to the Gaddafi Stadium when their bus was attacked by five armed terrorists near Liberty market. Habibur Rehman, chief commissioner of police, said 12 masked terrorists fired at the Sri Lankan team bus. The gunmen shot at the wheels of the bus and also injured the driver. A grenade was also thrown at the bus but it missed.

    Jayawardene received a cut to the ankle while Sangakkara was injured in the shoulder. Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paravitarana were the ones most seriously injured; Samaraweera received shrapnel in the leg and Paravitarana in the chest. Ajantha Mendis received shrapnel in the neck and scalp.

    "The bus came under attack as we were driving to the stadium, the gunmen targeted the wheels of the bus first and then the bus," Mahela Jayawardene told Cricinfo. "We all dived to the floor to take cover. About five players have been injured and also Paul Farbrace [a member of the support staff], but most of the injuries appear to be minor at this stage and caused by debris."


    Security concerns in Pakistan
    September 2001- New Zealand decide not to tour Pakistan following USA's military action in Afghanistan in the aftermath of the September 11 attacks. West Indies and Australia then decide to move their games in Pakistan scheduled for later in the year to neutral venues in Colombo and Sharjah.
    May 2002 - New Zealand cancel their tour of Pakistan after a bomb blast outside Karachi's Sheraton Hotel where they were staying.
    March 2008 - Australia postpone their tour of Pakistan slated for the end of March as a result of security concerns.The decision was taken in the aftermath of Benazir Bhutto's assasination in December 2007.
    October 2008 - West Indies call off a proposed tour of Pakistan scheduled for November citing security concerns, a week after the West Indies Women had cancelled the Pakistan leg of their Asian tour.
    December 2008 - The BCCI call off India's scheduled tour of Pakistan in 2009 following a directive from the government.
    December 2008 - The PCB confirm that Sri Lanka will tour Pakistan after India decided not to after the Mumbai terror attack.
    February 2009 - The ICC decide not to stage the 2009 Champions Trophy in Pakistan after some of the members expressed reservations about touring the country.

    Sangakkara told CNN-IBN that "all the players are out of danger". "We are shocked, but apart from that everyone is okay. Thilan [Samaraweera] has a shrapnel wound in his leg, but he is fine. [Tharanga] Paranavitana had shrapnel in his chest, but thank God it wasn't very deep and just on the surface.

    "I had shrapnel injuries in my shoulder, but they have all been removed and I'm okay now. Ajantha [Mendis] had shrapnel in his neck and scalp, but he too has had medical attention and is fine. Everyone else is perfectly all right.

    "It's very unfortunate that this has happened... I don't regret coming here to play cricket because that's what we have been doing all our lives. That is our profession. But... all we want to do now is to go back home to our families, get back home and be safe," he said.

    Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, confirmed that the remainder of the tour had been cancelled. "We note with dismay and regret the events of this morning in Lahore and we condemn this attack without reservation.

    "It is a source of great sadness that there have been a number of fatalities in this attack and it is also very upsetting for the wider cricket family that some of the Sri Lanka players and one match official have been injured in this attack. At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the injured people and also the families of those who have died."

    Television footage of several gunmen creeping through the trees, crouching to aim their kalashnikovs then running onto the next target were aired by Pakistan's private channel Geo.

    Chamra Ranavira, third secretary and press secretary at the Sri Lankan High Commission in Islamabad, said Samaraweera and Paranavitana had been admitted to hospital, but were out of danger now. "We are communicating with the Pakistan Cricket Board and the high commission has taken action to send the cricket team back home as soon as possible," he said.

    The reserve umpire Ahsan Raza was also injured in the attack. Nadeem Ghauri, the TV umpire, who was traveling in a bus behind the Sri Lanka team bus said the firing continued for some time. Umpire Steve Davis, who was on the team bus, called the terrorist attack "terrible". "I'm lost for words," he said.

    Speaking from Sri Lanka, Sanath Jayasuriya said that it was an "extremely unfortunate incident. "We've never had this kind of problem," Jayasuriya told CNN-IBN. "They are all safe, that's the good news I got when I spoke to Kumar. I don't think they'll stay back and play. I think they will come back as soon as possible. Depends on the injuries."

    Speaking on Geo TV, Inzamam-ul-Haq, the former Pakistan captain, said: "This is the first time that a cricket team has been seriously targeted... Pakistan's image will be hit and only time will tell how much damage has been done to Pakistan cricket. The World Cup too might be affected... no country would want to come now to Pakistan... I am worried where Pakistan will get a chance to play, not only in Pakistan but outside as well. This is all so sad."

    The Indian cricket board, which called off a scheduled tour of Pakistan last December, expressed its sorrow over the attack. "We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured cricketers, and sympathise with their families and compatriots," BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said in New Delhi. "The BCCI stands alongside Sri Lanka Cricket in this hour of crisis."

    The Sri Lankan team had stepped in after the Indian government had barred the Indian team from touring Pakistan after the terror attack in Mumbai.

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    Wow, they cry that no foreign countries want to come to Pakistan for sports, but the only team which does, this happens to them. The govt. promises them presidential level security, well if that is the presidential level security, then no foreign presidents should come to Pakistan either.

    Well it was not as our cricket was thriving anyways. Cricket as has been destroyed by Engand, India and ICC in the past 4-5 years, I havent watched a single cricket game in the past 2 years, nor was I planning to watch it again.

    The only reason this affects me, is that the country's economy, is gonna plunge even further down, and my dad has a lot of real-estate property over there. Otherwise I couldnt care less if they all just killed each other.
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    Wtf has this has to happen to us here in Pakistan?? Even though it means "the death of cricket" here which I support but how the fuck can 12 armed guys run on the street fully armed with latest weapons? Economy will fall down again. It gives me yet another incentive to move abroad in 2,3 years time.

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    Quote Originally Posted by shahz_nerazzurri View Post
    Wow, they cry that no foreign countries want to come to Pakistan for sports, but the only team which does, this happens to them. The govt. promises them presidential level security, well if that is the presidential level security, then no foreign presidents should come to Pakistan either.

    Well it was not as our cricket was thriving anyways. Cricket as has been destroyed by Engand, India and ICC in the past 4-5 years, I havent watched a single cricket game in the past 2 years, nor was I planning to watch it again.

    The only reason this affects me, is that the country's economy, is gonna plunge even further down, and my dad has a lot of real-estate property over there. Otherwise I couldnt care less if they all just killed each other.
    Thats not a nice statement is it? what about the innocent people who died? its out of order that all your are arsed about is money. bang out of order shaz!

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    Quote Originally Posted by shahz_nerazzurri View Post
    Wow, they cry that no foreign countries want to come to Pakistan for sports, but the only team which does, this happens to them. The govt. promises them presidential level security, well if that is the presidential level security, then no foreign presidents should come to Pakistan either.

    Well it was not as our cricket was thriving anyways. Cricket as has been destroyed by Engand, India and ICC in the past 4-5 years, I havent watched a single cricket game in the past 2 years, nor was I planning to watch it again.

    The only reason this affects me, is that the country's economy, is gonna plunge even further down, and my dad has a lot of real-estate property over there. Otherwise I couldnt care less if they all just killed each other.
    Spot on about everything else, but India hasnt spoilt cricket.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Suneet View Post
    Spot on about everything else, but India hasnt spoilt cricket.
    What,spot on that it doesnt matter if they all just kill each other??? it was'nt two armys on a battlefield,it was innocent people who were murdered,i think the pair of you are out of order,so its ok if kids and women get killed by the big brave murdering bastards with machine guns as well is it? i think you and shaz should have a bit more compassion,especially as ( im assuming? ) you or your families have ties to pakistan or at least that "area" of the world.show a bit of respect ffs,talking about fukcing cricket when people have died,unbelievable.

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    Actually India is at the forefront of ruining cricket, first of all mixing it with politics, and then more importantly, bringing out crap like ICL and IPL, ruining real cricket just for money.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ataturk5 View Post
    What,spot on that it doesnt matter if they all just kill each other??? it was'nt two armys on a battlefield,it was innocent people who were murdered,i think the pair of you are out of order,so its ok if kids and women get killed by the big brave murdering bastards with machine guns as well is it? i think you and shaz should have a bit more compassion,especially as ( im assuming? ) you or your families have ties to pakistan or at least that "area" of the world.show a bit of respect ffs,talking about fukcing cricket when people have died,unbelievable.
    I'm sorry but I'm bad at your english.

    Well from what I understand big man, I being an Indian dont care about what the fanatics in Pakistan do to themselves and their people. I would definetely want all the peace loving people to be safe, but if they were smart, they would run away from their country. That is what I truly feel.


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    Quote Originally Posted by ataturk5 View Post
    it was'nt two armys on a battlefield,it was innocent people who were murdered,i think the pair of you are out of order,so its ok if kids and women get killed?
    It worked for Israel...right? :S
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    Guys please don't turn this into politics. This is a thread to remember the victims and what happended. If you want to discuss the political situation in Pakistan open a thread in the politics section.

    This is Kumar Sangakara's recount of what happened.

    'I felt a bullet fizz past my ear'
    When you have been through what we have experienced, when you have been targeted by terrorists yourself and been so fortunate to escape, it changes your thinking

    Kumar Sangakkara
    March 4, 2009

    The Sri Lanka team bus came under attack in Lahore AFP

    As I dictate this article we are preparing to fly home. It's been a long day and we can't wait to return home to our families. We were shaken badly, obviously. Pakistan has a reputation for being unstable in the recent past, but we never expected to be caught up in something like this. I am still shocked that a sports team could be targeted in this manner.

    We had always felt pretty safe in Pakistan, to be honest. It shows how nave we were. We realise now that sports people and cricketers are not above being attacked. All the talk that "no one would target cricketers" seems so hollow now. Far from being untouchable, we are now prize targets for extremists. That's an uncomfortable reality we have to come to terms with.

    Tuesday started as just another day in Lahore: a morning report to the fitness trainer to check our hydration levels, a quick breakfast and cup of coffee and an 8.30am departure to the ground. We were all looking forward to the third day's play and trying to win the series. Our chief concern was how to wheedle out 19 Pakistan wickets on another true batting pitch.

    Our team bus left with three to four police cars in a convoy with around 12 policeman and security officers, including motorbike outriders. Along the route road junctions were cleared and side roads closed to ensure we passed through the traffic easily. It was standard security for teams in this region and we had no worries as we travelled to the stadium.

    The bus was full of the normal banter. Players traded stories, mostly about Lahore shopping, and cracked jokes. Others chatted about the cricket and the crucial first session. Then, as we approached the large roundabout before the Gaddafi Stadium, we suddenly heard a noise like a firecracker. The bus came to a halt and some of the guys jumped out of their seats to see what was happening. Then came the shout: "They are shooting at us!"

    From the front I heard the screams to "get down, get down" and we all hit the deck. Within seconds we are all sprawled along the floor, lying on top of each other and taking shelter below the seats. The gunfire became louder, we heard explosions (which I understand now were hand grenades) and bullets started to flash through the bus.

    I was sitting next to Thilan Samaraweera and close to the young Tharanga Paranavitana. For some reason I moved my head to get a better view and a split second later I felt a bullet fizz past my ear into the vacant seat. Fortunately, as a team, we remained quite calm. No one panicked. After what must have been two minutes standing still, we urged the driver to make a run for the stadium just a few hundred metres away: "Go, go, go" we shouted.

    The truth is we owe our lives to the courageous Mohammad Khalil, the driver. I will forever be grateful to him. The tyres of the bus had been shot out and he was in grave personal danger, exposed to gunfire at the front of the bus. But he was hell-bent on getting us to safety and, somehow, he got us moving again. Had Khalil not acted with such courage and presence of mind most of us would have been killed.

    Standing still next to the roundabout we were sitting ducks for the 12 gunmen. We only found out afterwards that a rocket launcher just missed us as we began moving and turned for the stadium gates, the rocket blowing up an electricity pylon. Khalil saw a hand grenade tossed at us that failed to explode. Someone must have been looking over us because right now it seems a miracle we survived.

    As we moved towards the stadium, Tharanga announced he was hit as he sat up holding his chest. He collapsed onto his seat and I feared the worst. Incredibly, the bullet hit his sternum at such an angle that it did not penetrate. He was fine. Shortly afterwards Thilan complained of a numbness in his leg, which we later found out was a bullet wound.

    Thilan and Tharanga were the worst hit. Just before reaching safety I felt a dull ache in my shoulder. Shards of metal, shrapnel, were lodged in the muscle. After being quickly evacuated to the dressing room the paramedics attended to those with minor wounds. My cuts were cleaned. Ajantha Mendis had several shards of metal removed from his head and neck after his hair was shaved off. Paul Farbrace, our assistant coach, had a large piece of shrapnel removed from his arm. Mahela [Jayawardene] had a minor cut to his ankle. After a while we starting to calm down, and the phones started ringing.

    When the tour was first announced while we were playing in Bangladesh, we had discussed security concerns with the Sri Lanka cricket board. Our own board had originally asked for a longer tour, asking for two extra ODIs, but we requested a shortened tour, an independent assessment of the security situation, some security guarantees, and proper insurance covering terrorist attacks.

    We were promised "Head of State" security and we were satisfied with this. We also wanted to play cricket in Pakistan. Nevertheless, with hindsight, we probably underestimated the security threat. In future, we need to very seriously consider how best to better tackle the issue of security in a new post-Lahore reality. We need to consider a more centralised and independent system for assessing security and a more open sharing of security information, not just between boards but with FICA and the players.

    From a Pakistan perspective, it is tragic this has happened. Pakistan is a great country with a strong cricket tradition and very hospitable people. We like playing cricket here, but the presence of a small minority pursuing their own agendas at any cost will surely prevent tours for the foreseeable future. I sincerely hope that a solution can be found with time but assume Pakistan will first need a neutral venue solution for their home games.

    Will I go back? When you have been through what we have experienced, when you have been targeted by terrorists yourself and been so fortunate to escape, it changes your thinking. It is a big question which cannot be answered now. I suspect, too, for us it can only be answered as an individual. Our families will never feel the same about us leaving to play in Pakistan. That is sad - for Pakistan and world cricket.

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