Dismayed ICC condemns Lahore attack

ICC condemned the gun attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore,saying it was very upsetting for the wider cricket family.

Written by Agencies | Dubai | Published:March 3, 2009 1:45 pm

The International Cricket Council condemned the gun attack on Sri Lankan team in Lahore,saying it was very upsetting for the wider cricket family that six players and a match official were injured in the incident.

“We note with dismay and regret the events of this morning in Lahore and we condemn this attack without reservation,” ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat said in a statement.

“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,” he said.

“At this time our thoughts and prayers are with the injured people and also the families of those who have died,” he added.

Six Sri Lankan cricketers — Kumar Sangakkara,Ajantha Mendis,Thilan Samaraweera,Thilan Samaraweera,Tharanga Paranavitana and Suranga Lakmal were injured when unidentified gunmen opened fire at team convoy near the Gaddafi stadium ahead of the third day’s play in the second Test.

Soon after the attacks,Sri Lankan Cricket (SLC) called off the tour with immediate effect and asked its players to return home as soon as possible.

“I have confirmed with both Member Boards that the remainder of the tour has been cancelled and we are working hard to get our match officials out of the area as safely and as quickly as possible,” Lorgat said.

“I know,also,that the Pakistan Cricket Board is working with Sri Lanka Cricket to make sure the players are flown home at the earliest opportunity.”

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