Players 'out of danger'

Sangakkara confirms Sri Lanka stars not badly injured

Last Updated: 03/03/09 4:18pm

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Sri Lankan players are evacuated by helicopter.

Sri Lankan players are evacuated by helicopter.

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Sri Lanka vice captain Kumar Sangakkara has confirmed he and his team-mates are "safe and out of danger" after gun attacks on their team bus in Lahore.

"There are a few injuries but everyone is safe and all the players are out of danger. We are shocked, but apart from that everyone is okay."
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The batsman was one of seven players who was hurt when gunmen opened fire as the bus made its way to the way to the Gaddafi Stadium ahead of the third day of the second Test with Pakistan.

Sangakkara told CNN-IBN: "There are a few injuries but everyone is safe and all the players are out of danger.

"We are shocked, but apart from that everyone is okay.

"Thilan (Samaraweera) has a shrapnel wound in his leg, but he is fine.

"(Tharanga) Paranavitana had shrapnel in his chest, but thank God it wasn't very deep and just on the surface.

"I had shrapnel injuries in my shoulder, but they have all been removed and I'm okay now.

"Ajantha (Mendis) had shrapnel in his neck and scalp, but he too has had medical attention and is fine. Everyone else is perfectly all right."

Sri Lanka sports minister Gamini Lokuge later confirmed Thilan Thushara was injured. Suranka Lakmal and Chaminda Vaas also required treatment.

Gunfire

The players were quickly airlifted from the stadium. A vehicle carrying match officials which was following the Sri Lankan team bus was also caught up in the attack. The driver was hit by gunfire and the officials were driven to the stadium by a policeman.

Fourth umpire Ahsan Raza was shot and taken to a Lahore hospital for treatment.

The Test was being umpired by Simon Taufel and Steve Davies while Nadeem Ghauri was the TV umpire and Chris Broad, father of England bowler Stuart Broad, was the match referee.

Former England bowler Dominic Cork, in Lahore to commentate for Pakistan TV, told Sky Sports News: "He (Broad) said it was the most frightening experience of his life. Their driver was shot and they had to ask a policeman to drive them to the stadium."

This was the first Test series to have been played in the country for 14 months.

Australia last year refused to tour Pakistan amid the unrest which followed the assassination of former prime minister Benazir Bhutto.

The Champions Trophy in the country was also called off, while Sri Lanka were only touring because of the breakdown in relations between Pakistan and India.

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