Tough for Pak cricket to wipe out the blot: Vettori

Daniel Vettori feels the terror attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore had dealt a severe blow to Pakistan cricket.

Written by Agencies | Napier | Published:March 3, 2009 1:43 pm

New Zealand skipper Daniel Vettori feels the terror attack on Sri Lankan players in Lahore had dealt a severe blow to Pakistan cricket and it would be difficult for them to make a come back from the tragedy.

“I suppose it is tough for Pakistan cricket to come back from this despite no fault of their own. It is difficult to see teams turning there in the future,” Vettori told reporters after losing the first one-dayer against India in Napier.

Vettori said the two teams were devastated to learn the news and extended all his sympathies to the Sri Lankan team.

“At the moment,we are worried about the safety of the people who are hurt. We have got some good friends in the Sri Lankan team. The Indians are also close to a lot of them. We are all grateful to hear that they are ok,” he said.

At least six Sri Lankan cricketers,including Kumar Sangakkara,Ajantha Mendis and Thilan Samaraweera,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.

“You don’t want to put yourself in a situation what people are going through at the moment. We hope everyone is safe as quickly as possible and such things can be dealt with the best possible way in the future,” he said.

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