x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Mendis leaves hospital

Ajantha Mendis has been discharged from hospital just under two weeks after being caught up in the Lahore attack on the Sri Lanka team bus.

Ajantha Mendis has been discharged from hospital just under two weeks after being caught up in the Lahore attack on the Sri Lanka team bus. The spinner was admitted to a Colombo hospital on the team's return to Sri Lanka to have shrapnel extracted from his head and back. He sustained the injury when militants targeted the bus as the team made its way to the Gadaffi Stadium for the third day of the second Test against Pakistan on March 3. On leaving the hospital, the 24-year-old said: "I am glad to be going home. I am also thankful to God for protecting the entire team at that difficult time.

"My thanks go out to everybody who helped us. That is the medical staff both in Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as the officials from Sri Lanka Cricket and the Sports Ministry and His Excellency the President and the Cabinet of Ministers for the way they helped us to overcome a difficult situation. "I will also not forget all our fans for their wishes and prayers which was naturally a great blessing to all of us." Mendis was one of seven Sri Lanka players injured in the attack. The team's assistant coach Paul Farbrace was also wounded while eight Pakistanis were killed. *PA Sport