Dalmiya condemns attack on Sri Lankan cricketersMarch 4th, 2009 - 1:27 am ICT by IANS
Kolkata, March 3 (IANS) Former International Cricket Council (ICC) president Jagmohan Dalmiya Tuesday night condemned the terrorist attack on the Sri Lankan players in Pakistan and hoped the authorities in the sub-continent would take measures so that the sport was not affected.
“This is an act of cowardice of the highest degree. It’s a matter of concern and I strongly condemn it,” Dalmiya said and hoped the injured players recovered fast to get back into action.
Asked whether the incident that left seven Sri Lankan players injured will have a bearing on the 2011 World Cup to be hosted by the four cricket playing nations in the sub-continent, He said: “It may affect the World Cup; nobody knows about it. However, there’s still a lot of time for the event.”
Recalling that India-Pakistan cricketing ties had resumed after a 14-eyar hiatus during his stint as BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) president, Dalmiya said: “We had to go by the security agencies’ report and drop a few venues at that time. I am sure measures will surely be taken so that the sport is not hit in the long run.”
Meanwhile, former India captain and the Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Sourav Ganguly termed it as as a ’sad day’ for cricket.
The Kolkata Knight Riders are resigned to not getting the services of Sri Lankan mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis who got a bullet injury in his leg during the attack.