The Sri Lankan cricket team was attacked in Pakistan and Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavitana were hospitalised. Captain Mahela Jayawardene, vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara, Ajantha Mendis, Suranka Lakmal and Chaminda Vaas suffered lesser injuries and five police were killed. Some experts say that there could be no more international cricket in Pakistan.
Gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team on the way to the 3rd day in the first test in Lahore. Unsurprisingly the rest of the test series was abandoned. This is stated to be an organised terrorist attack. Several teams have recently refused to tour Pakistan due to security concerns and last year’s ICC Champions Trophy was postponed over similar worries. Sri Lanka were only in Pakistan after India had been barred by the Indian government from touring the country following the Mumbai terror attacks last November.
There has been suggestions that the terrorists came from Sri Lanka as there is fighting there between the Sinhalas and the Tamils. The Tamils are fighting for a separate state because they do not like the Sri Lankan government. The Pakisani government promises to find out who is behind this terrorist attack and bring them to justice. Pakitsan may not co-host the world cup in 2011for some countries believe it is too big a risk. Pakistan will still play cricket but not in their home country, however, they are due to play Australia soon but the game will be moved to a neutral country in the middle east.
I am sure cricket will return to Pakistan one day and I hope the Sri Lankan cricket team will recover quickly.