Alam appeals to cricket world to show solidarity with PakistanMarch 3rd, 2009 - 7:07 pm ICT by IANS
Lahore, March 3 (IANS) Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam Tuesday urged the cricket world to support Pakistan in its time of need after a highly-organised ambush on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore that put a big question mark on the future of the game in the country.
“Now is the time when we need the support of the cricket world the most,” said Alam. “I hope that the ICC and the cricket world will show solidarity with Pakistan because unless we all unite against terrorism, it cannot be beaten.”
Six Sri Lankan cricketers and one of their team officials were injured while several policemen were left dead and injured after unidentified gunmen sprayed bullets on the team bus which was on its way to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third day’s play in the second Test.
The Sri Lankan team was later rushed to the airport in a Pakistan Air Force chopper to be flown back home. The tour was called off.
Alam said that all of Pakistan was left shocked by the incident.
“Before today no sportsman was ever targeted in Pakistan,” he said. “But that myth has been broken and the terrorists have proved that they would stoop to any level to achieve their targets.”
Alam said that Pakistan is now in real danger of getting isolated as a cricketing destination but hoped that it would not happen.
“I hope Pakistan will not go into isolation because of what happened today (Tuesday),” he said. “Terrorism is a global problem. It could happen anywhere in the world. In India, in Sri Lanka or elsewhere. It is a common problem and should be dealt with in a united manner.”