Sri Lankan cricketers rushed to airport in Pakistan Air Force chopper

March 3rd, 2009 - 2:57 pm ICT by IANS  

Lahore, March 3 (IANS) Sri Lanka cricketers were flown from the Gaddafi Stadium here to the airport on a Pakistan Air Force chopper, hours after being attacked by unidentified gunmen Tuesday morning.
Pakistan Television (PTV) televised live the departure of the Sri Lanka cricketers from the stadium. They were seen off by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ijaz Butt.

The cricketers will fly to Abu Dhabi en-route to Colombo.

Media reports said the decision to fly the players from the stadium in an air force helicopter was taken after the Pakistani and Sri Lankan governments discussed the issue.

At least six Sri Lankan cricketers were injured when heavily armed gunmen attacked the team cavalcade when it was on its way to the Gaddafi Stadium for the ongoing Test.

Sri Lanka called off the tour after the attack, which Punjab Governor Salman Taseer said was the handiwork of the same terrorists who struck in Mumbai in November last year.

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