Sl coach still fighting to come to terms with Lahore experience

For SL coach Trevor Bayliss,the experience of being shot at by terrorists was nothing short of surreal and he said he is still trying to come to terms with what happened in Lahore.

Written by Agencies | Lahore | Published:March 3, 2009 7:45 pm

For Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss,the experience of being shot at by terrorists was nothing short of surreal and he said he is still trying to come to terms with what happened in Lahore today after the team bus came under attack from masked gunmen.

“I think what I’m feeling most at the moment is disbelief that it happened,” said Australian Bayliss,recounting the chilling experience when 12 terrorists hurled grenades and opened fire at the Sri Lankan players travelling in the team bus to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day of the second Test against Pakistan.

“It all happened very quickly. We were on the bus,there were a couple of explosions and then the pop-pop-pop of the guns and broken glass. Everyone hit the floor straight away.

I’m not sure how long it went on for – maybe half a minute,” said Bayliss,who took charge of the Sri Lanka team in 2007.

“The boys were yelling to the driver to keep driving,because we had come to a stop only about 100m from the entrance to the ground. Luckily the driver hadn’t been hit,and he got us beyond the cars and into the ground. We then ran to the relative safety of the dressing room,” the 46-year-old told Cricinfo.

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