x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 27 July 2017

Team to leave "immediately"

Sri Lanka is to immediately pull its national cricket team out of Pakistan and a former coach expresses his shock at the gun attack.

A Sri Lankan player boards the helicopter at Gaddafi stadium after the team bus was attacked in Lahore.
A Sri Lankan player boards the helicopter at Gaddafi stadium after the team bus was attacked in Lahore.

Sri Lanka is to immediately pull its national cricket team out of Pakistan following today's gun attack that wounded six squad members, Sri Lanka cricket chief Duleep Mendis said. He said he had spoken with Pakistani officials about the matter. "The match is off and we are getting the team back today," Mr Mendis said. Meanwhile former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody said he was "shocked and saddened" by the deadly attack. Mr Moody, who coached the Sri Lankan national team from 2005 until just after the 2007 World Cup, was shaken by the news reports from Pakistan. "I was very shocked and saddened to learn of the news coming from Lahore of the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus earlier today," Mr Moody said in a statement. "My thoughts and prayers are not only with my friends in the Sri Lankan cricket team, but with the families of everyone that has been killed or injured in today's attack." *AFP