Archive for the ‘terrorist intrusions’ Category

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World Cricket in Chaotic Times: A List of Abandoned Cricket Tours

November 23, 2017

An Item in The Island, 18 October 2017 with the title “Wars, riots and abandoned tours”
article_image A Sri Lankan player boards a Pakistan military helicopter after terrorists opened fire on the team bus during the 2009 tour.

The dramatic announcement on Friday (October 17), that West Indies would be cutting short their tour of India because of a pay dispute, was not the first time a major international cricket series had come to an unexpected end. Here’s a snapshot of several other tours that ended abruptly in unusual circumstances. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Ahsan Raza: Unbowed and Foursquare on Cricket Pitch as Umpire

November 2, 2017

Ahsan Raza was a wicketkeeper and tailend batsman who moved across to umpire after retiring as a player, making his first appearances as an international reserve official in the series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in 2008-09. He was travelling to the Gaddafi Stadium on the third day of the second Test when he was shot in the back and critically wounded in a terrorist attack aimed at the Sri Lanka squad.

He was one of thr four officiating umpies at the recent T20 match in Lahore.

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Forgotten Scores in An Unforgettable Test Match at Lahore, 1-2 March 2009

October 31, 2017

From ESPNcricnfo

Did you know that Murali scored 22 runs in 16 balls at a rate of 137.50?

Mind you this was because Sangakkara, Samaraweera and Dilshan had set up a platform over most of two days by scoring 104, 214 and 145 respectively !

So: Sri Lanka built up a first innings total of 604 runs after being sent in …. and perhaps established another record in having two centurions run themselves out in the same innings!

Samaraweera batting …. and injured by shrapnel in ambulance

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Huge Welcome and Massive Security swamps Sri Lankan Team in Lahore

October 30, 2017

Rex Clementine reporting from Lahore, Island, 29 October 2017, with title “Huge welcome and massive security awaits Sri Lankan team”

When Thisara Perera lands in Lahore, he will be stunned at the hospitality awaiting him. He is a star here. His billboards are all over Lahore. Posters of his players also are seen all over the road with Punjab Government in Lahore set to put up a great show as the Sri Lankan cricket team brings international cricket back to the country. Read the rest of this entry ?

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Lakmal’s Lahore!!! A Permanent Splinter in Leg

October 6, 2017

Rex Clementine, in Island, 6 October 2017, where the title runs “Lakmal recalls Lahore attack”

Fast bowler Suranga Lakmal is one of the two internationally active cricketers who was in the Sri Lankan team bus when terrorists opened fire at the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009. Lakmal and Chamara Kapugedera are the only players who are still playing international cricket from the 15-member squad. Eight years after the attack Lakmal has emerged as Sri Lanka’s leading fast bowler. He recalled the painful memories of the attack and the difficulties he goes through.

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Ammata … $!!$!!@!! A Contest at Home

August 25, 2017

A Homely Encounter in Front of a TV Screen displaying an Ongoing Cricket Match

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Paranavitana for a Pakistan Tour

August 15, 2017

Bipin Dani, courtesy of  Pakistan Observer, where the title is  “Sri Lanka’s Lahore terror attack victim Tharanga Paranavitana welcomes move to play cricket in Pakistan”

Tharanga Paranavitana

Former Sri Lanka opener Tharanga Paranavitana, who was one of the six victims in the March 3, 2009 terrorist attack on the team’s bus in Lahore, said Sri Lankan players going to play in Pakistan should only concentrate on the game. After a security assessment, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) chief Thilanga Sumathipala cleared the team to play three T20s, including at least one in Lahore.

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