Sri Lanka cricket players shot in Pakistan


Dormant account
Mar 4, 2007
:eek2: Hi All,

As you may or may have not heard a few Sri Lankan cricket players are injured from shrapnel from masked gunman. Here is the story. Austrlia wont be sending our Aussie players to Pakistan for a very LONG time because of this. bloody terrible

At least six players in the Sri Lankan national cricket team were hurt by shrapnel when masked gunmen fired on the team bus in Lahore while being driven to the Gaddafi stadium on Tuesday.

Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed when 12 masked gunmen on rickshaws attacked with guns, grenades and rockets.

The team bus came under fire as the players headed to the stadium for the third day of the second Test against Pakistan.

Thilan Samaraweera was one of those hurt along with Tharanga Paranavitana. Both are in hospital. Samaraweera is believed to have a bullet wound to his thigh. Paranavitana has a gash to his chest from shrapnel.

Those wounded with minor shrapnel injuries were skipper Mahela Jayawardene, Kumar Sangakkara, Chaminda Vaas and Ajantha Mendis.

Samaweera scored back-to-back double centuries in this series, 214 yesterday and 231 in the first Test in Karachi last week.

The assistant coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team, Paul Farbrace from England, was injured by shrapnel.

Trevor Bayliss

It was previously reported that Australian Trevor Bayliss, the Sri Lankan coach, sustained minor injuries, but this is not correct, Sri Lankan team official Charith Senanayake said.

Two weeks ago, Bayliss said, "I know Geoff [Lawson] was comfortable coaching here," referring to the former Australian fast bowler, who coached Pakistan in 2007 and 2008.

"The [Australian] umpires are comfortable coming here, the only difference is that we all come here as individuals. The Australia and English coming here as teams, there may be a possibility of being targeted.

"But actually being here is quite different. I'm comfortable here and quite glad to be here."

Australian umpires OK

Australian umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis were both in the convoy that was fired on, but both were OK, an International Cricket Council spokeswoman said.

"They are both fine and we are in the process of getting both out of Pakistan and back home,'' she said.

Match referee Chris Broad was also fine, the spokeswoman said, but she would not comment on the condition of reserve umpire Ahsan Raza. CNN reported that he was in a critical condition


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Jun 30, 1998
What a bunch of cowards - attacking cops and civilians. Put these guys up to any properly trained fighting force and they would be hamburger meat. These people only attack the weak and unsuspecting. They have no morals. They have no honor.

Condolences go out to the victims and their families.

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