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March 3, 2009

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This is the end

Kamran Abbasi
The windshield of a vehicle damaged in the firing in Lahore lies shattered, Lahore, March 3, 2009
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Today's attack on Sri Lanka's cricketers is a despicable act, a coward's agenda. Nobody should lose their life over a game of cricket, and no sportsman, official, or spectator should be injured in pursuit of the game they love.

The sole purpose of this barbaric act is a craving for the oxygen of publicity. There can be little political or strategic mileage to be gained by an attack on sportsmen. Indeed, we can only hope that such mindless violence will deeply damage the cause of the perpetrators, and precipitate their rapid downfall.

Brave Sri Lanka did not deserve this insult, and all sympathies are with their players and the officials who have been injured. Questions will inevitably be asked about the security arrangements, despite the regrettable deaths of several policemen. How could such a high profile tour have been allowed to have been ruined in this way? What do Pakistani security guarantees count for?

The least of the consequences of this disaster is that those who have advocated the continuation of international cricket in Pakistan - including me - have been proved wrong. No international team will now visit Pakistan, and the Pakistan Cricket Board should voluntarily arrange all future tours at neutral venues for the next year, may be longer.

This the darkest day in the history of Pakistan cricket and it occurred in a pleasant suburb of Lahore, a once great city of gardens and tranquility, not far from my own family home in Pakistan.

This is the end.

Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He tweets here

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Posted by Saumya Aloysius on (May 7, 2010, 15:35 GMT)

well, unlike other test playing nations Sri Lankans are selfless and they do everything possible for the betterment of Pakistan cricket because Wasim Akram and his men toured here when West Indies and Australia refused to play at home owing to fear of terrorism. It gave a big consolation and courage to win the 1996 WORLD CUP under the captaincy of Arjuna Ranatunga. We were crowned owning to the support of Pakistan and India. So, Pakistan be not worried since we'll everything good for Pakistan. We are children of one family though we are apart geographically. Terrorists are heartless and they fail to reckon the spirit of the game that of cricket.

Posted by bala on (March 5, 2009, 13:12 GMT)

Now we know terrorists cannot be equated with freedom fighters,even if their motives are reasonable their methods are down right despicable.Their wanting rights looses all credibility when they do not care about others' rights.And the lines between the bad ones and the so called "good ones" blur as they have an intricate network and feed off each others' "exploits".

Posted by Samuel on (March 4, 2009, 13:39 GMT)

I'm posting from Sri Lanka. Well first off, my deepest sympathies to the policemen who lost their lives in an attempt to save the Sri Lankan team from further harm. I think everyone will forever be grateful to the driver of that bus as well for saving the lives of the players.

It is very sad that Pakistan cricket has been left in ruins after this attack and it hardly seems fair as well. I do fervently hope that things will improve in that country for the better and that cricket is revived there.

Finally, my thoughts must go out to the Sri Lankan cricket team for taking that tour when no one else would and also to the families of the players who had suffered so much trauma in the wake of these events.

As Asians we must stick together and on behalf of most other Sri Lankans, I would like to say that our hand will still be extended in friendship towards Pakistan and its people despite the terrible events on the 3rd of March.

-Sam

Posted by sall0 on (March 4, 2009, 11:47 GMT)

I feel very sad for the poor police men and their families who lost their lives. I hope Govt will suspend CCPO and IG Punjab Police. Don’t understand there is more security for a normal MNA / MPA and even for IG police but only few ordinary police men without enough automatic weapons for the guest teams. It is Punjab Government responsible for unable to protect our guests. It is going to be very hard to repair the damage for Pakistan but congratulations to India on their Diplomatic success in cricket as well. Good timing for the attack, just few weeks from the elections. Let’s see who get the most out of it?

Posted by sam on (March 4, 2009, 11:36 GMT)

As the great Imran Khan said, the security was inadequate, or deliberately soften up or just careless. whatever it may, its a grave concern for our beloved Sri Lankan Cricket team and the policeman who laid down their lives in protecting them. in my view the best VIP security is in Sri Lanka, we see it every day, it may be a pain, but effective, I strongly believe when Sri Lankan cricketers left for Pakistan , at least some of Sri Lankan security personal should have been with them. But still this may be possible, but not in this scale. My heart goes to all our brave cricketers, and the supporting staff and last but not least the bravemen you had to pay the ultimate price. But never think for a moment that cricketing spirit will die, it will survive, even without us.

Posted by Tipu on (March 4, 2009, 11:24 GMT)

I am so glad the SL team are alive, had anyone died, that truly would have been 'The End'.

I understand what Kamran is portaying, I feel it too. Acute embarrassment to be a Pakistani today - will we find the terrorists? Doubt it.

Just imagine it had been Dhoni & Tendulkar being shot at - we would be in the midst of a war - and fair do's.

These Sri Lankans are really very honourable.

RIP to the dead heroes.

Posted by jibran ahmad on (March 4, 2009, 9:31 GMT)

for me and all cricket lover it was horrible, that what happen,Roshan Mahanama said yesterday that its not fair that we leave alone the pak cricket,we should collectedly build Pakistan and PCB against this terrorism,one says this is the end of pak cricket ,i think so its not fair with pak cricket and with all pak cricket lover

Posted by derrida derider on (March 4, 2009, 9:26 GMT)

From Australia, our deepest sympathies to all cricket lovers in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. And lets not forget the sacrifice made by those brave security men - I think a Sri Lanka-Pakistan benefit match to help their families would be a good idea.

We haven't seen a Pakistani team in Australia for a while. Since we can't tour there, how long before they can tour here?

Posted by Muhammad Zulfiqar on (March 4, 2009, 9:14 GMT)

Hi, What happened here on tuesday can be termed as 9/11 incident in the history of cricket or to be more comprehensive it was 3/3. It was something that shook all the cricket lovers of the World and the worst part, it occured ina country having large number of cricket fans.Now every team is saying "We will not go to Pakistan". What about us where should we go? After this i consider myself a brave person who is surviving in the country where no one dares to come even. My eyes are now focussed on IPL as it could be another victim of terrorist attack. We have already seen terrorist attacks in Mumbai.

Posted by Anil Rao on (March 4, 2009, 7:51 GMT)

Even before this attack no one is willing to visit Pakistan except srilanka(now they may not).I am no conspiracy theorist, and I get a feeling that this attack was not meant to kill the Sri Lankans, only to send a strong warning to someone (who? IPL?- Your guess is as good as mine). If 12 heavily armed, well trained terrorists attack a bus using AK 47s, RPGs and grenades, and have enough time to make a successful getaway without a single casualty of their own, they most often cause more than 'minor and non significant' injuries to their targets. Poor Imran khan made a statement in October guaranteeing that the terrorists would never attack cricketers because that will turn the public mood against them. He misjudged either the public mood or the terrorists' motives (or perhaps both).

I feel sorry for the srilamkan cricketers.

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Kamran Abbasi
Kamran Abbasi is an editor, writer and broadcaster. He was the first Asian columnist for Wisden Cricket Monthly and wisden.com. Kamran is the editor of the Journal of the Royal Society of Medicine. @KamranAbbasi

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