Sri Lankan team suffered a jolt when armed terrorists attacked the team’s van in Pakistan. Following the attack, six Sri Lankan players sustained minor injuries, and a couple of them suffered some serious wounds. The team was airlifted by an Army helicopter, and the team was taken to a safe place.
Before this attack, the New Zealand team got a taste of terrorism when the hotel where it was lodged in Karachi was attacked by terrorists leaving the entire outfit in a state of shock. This eventually led to the cancellation of the tour.
Terrorism had not cast its ugly head through such a close encounter on cricket, and instances before this one were warning signs. However, this attack would become a matter of great risk for any country to tour Pakistan, which eventually would lead to its being boycotted for security reasons by other cricket-playing nations.
The terrorist attack also reveals that security can be breached, and terrorism could target anybody and everybody, even sportspeople, for that reason. So, in the days to come, the turmoil surrounding cricketing nations scheduled to tour Pakistan would grab the headlines, and it would be interesting to note the consequences of today’s attacks.