Pak ter­ror warn­ing for Lanka cricket squad

The Times of India (New Delhi edition) - - Front Page -

Colombo: Sri Lanka’s cricket board said on Wed­nes­day it had re­ceived warn­ings the team could be the target of a ter­ror at­tack dur­ing an up­com­ing tour of Pak­istan.

The board said the Sri Lankan Prime Min­is­ter’s Of­fice had ad­vised it to “re­assess the sit­u­a­tion” af­ter it re­ceived “re­li­able in­for­ma­tion of a pos­si­ble ter­ror­ist threat” against the squad ahead of the six-match lim­ited overs tour. It stopped short of call­ing off the tour, but said a re­assess­ment of the se­cu­rity sit­u­a­tion would be sought from au­thor­i­ties.

The Sri Lanka team was the victim of a ter­ror at­tack dur­ing a Test match in La­hore in March 2009. Six Lankan play­ers were in­jured when gun­men at­tacked their bus while six Pak­istan po­lice­men and two civil­ians were killed.

Ten play­ers have al­ready opted out of the up­com­ing tour cit­ing se­cu­rity fears.

The state­ment from Sri Lanka Cricket came a short while af­ter the board an­nounced two squads for the three One-Day In­ter­na­tion­als and the three T20 matches start­ing Septem­ber 27.

Since the 2009 at­tack, in­ter­na­tional teams have refused to tour Pak­istan.

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