Cricketing world shocked,stands by Lanka board

BCCI expressed its sorrow and anguish over the dastardly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore,where six players were injured.

Written by Agencies | New Delhi/melbourne | Published:March 3, 2009 1:46 pm

BCCI expressed its sorrow and anguish over the dastardly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore,where six players were injured.

“We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured cricketers,and sympathise with their families and compatriots,” BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan said in a statement issued in New Delhi.

“The BCCI stands alongside Sri Lanka Cricket in this hour of crisis,” he said.

At least six Sri Lankan cricketers were injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire at them killing five police personnel escorting the team to the Gaddafi stadium for the third day of the second Test.

The injured cricketers include Kumar Sangakkara,Ajantha Mendis and Thilan Samaraweera.

CA shocked by attack on cricketers

Cricket Australia Chief Executive Officer James Sutherland said his Board was shocked to learn that Sri Lankan team was attacked in Pakistan and hoped for the safety of players following the incident.

“Australian cricket has many friends in Sri Lanka and in Pakistan and we sincerely hope they are all safe after this awful incident,” he said in a statement issued in Melbourne.

“Early reports are unclear but we are deeply saddened to hear reports that security officials in Pakistan have been killed in this attack. We will be seeking to talk to Sri Lankan and Pakistan cricket officials as soon as possible to pass on our condolences,” he said.

At least six Sri Lankan cricketers were injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire at them killing five police personnel escorting the team to the Gaddafi stadium for the third day of the second Test.

The injured cricketers include Kumar Sangakkara,Ajantha Mendis and Thilan Samaraweera. He,however,did not comment on the fate of five One-day International matches and a Twenty20 fixture in late April/May in the Middle East to be played between Australia and Pakistan.

Australia last year refused to tour Pakistan owing to safety concerns which Champions Trophy was also pulled out of that country following opposition from various cricketing nations due to security reasons.

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