Shootout in Lahore March 11, 2009

Sri Lankan cricketers receive counselling

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  • Ajantha Mendis, the Sri Lankan spinner, is reportedly among the worst injured in the Lahore terror attack. He is suffering from constant headaches after a second operation to remove 12 pieces of shrapnel from his head. He is responding slowly to treatment and is in danger of missing the IPL which begins on April 10.
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Sri Lanka's cricketers and officials, who were attacked by terrorists in Lahore, are undergoing post traumatic counselling in Colombo, team manager Brendon Kuruppu has said. Each player was being assessed individually and he expected the process to last two weeks.

"After the doctor has done her assessment on the players and officials she will decide which of them would require further reviewing," Kuruppu said. "There are some who need immediate counselling while others are affected to a lesser degree. There are others who felt strong soon after the incident but are now reacting a few days later.

"Not only cricketers, even their immediate family members, who are affected by the circumstances, are undergoing counseling." Kuruppu said Sri Lanka team physio Tommy Simsek was co-ordinating the sessions.

Meanwhile some of the injured players and assistant coach Paul Farbrace continue to receive treatment at a private hospital. According to sources Thilan Samaraweera, who had a bullet removed from his left thigh, will be detained for another two weeks because his injury would require regular cleaning. Tharanga Paranavitana, who had a bullet removed from his chest, had a slight infection on the wound but is said to have recovered. Farbrace was still receiving treatment after undergoing two operations on his right arm to remove shrapnel. He is expected to be released from hospital before the weekend and plans to travel to England shortly.