Terror in Pakistan March 16, 2009

Mendis released from hospital

Cricinfo staff


Ajantha Mendis had shrapnel removed from his back and head © AFP
 

Ajantha Mendis, the Sri Lankan spinner who was injured among with some of his team-mates in the terrorist attack on their team bus in Lahore earlier this month, has been discharged from hospital after shrapnel was extracted from his head and back.

Tharanga Paranavitana and assistant coach Paul Farbrace were discharged over the weekend while Thilan Samaraweera, who had a bullet removed from his thigh, remained under observation.

Mendis thanked all those involved in getting the team out of Pakistan and treating the players. "That is the medical staff both in Pakistan and Sri Lanka as well as the officials from Sri Lanka Cricket and the sports ministry and, the president and the cabinet of ministers for the way they helped us to overcome a difficult situation," Mendis was quoted as saying by PA.

The players have been undergoing post-trauma counselling and doctor Geethanjana Mendis said the medical team had reported that the players were "shaken up". "But those not injured can resume training next week," he said.