Reactions to Lahore attack

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> &quot;I don't have words. Not good for cricket. Keeping fingers crossed for players,&quot; said PCB Chief Selector.

Updated: March 04, 2009 13:55 IST
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  • "This is terrible for the ordinary cricket fans in Pakistan. There is some uneasiness on part of other teams in coming to our part of the world (meaning sub-continent). If I was organising IPL, I would be looking at security very closely. You never know what will happen," said Harsha Bhogle, cricket commentator.

  • "We were fearful of the fact that cricketers may be targeted. It's a very sad day for cricket that players have been targeted in Pakistan." Lalit Modi told NDTV. "I think India is a very safe country. Yes we have had our share of attacks in the past. We are going to be extremely strict and tight in our security measures going forward. It is top most priority for us."

  • Ravi Shastri to NDTV: This will have huge ramifications for the sub-continent's hosting of the 2011 World Cup.

  • Kapil Dev said after Tuesday's incident it would be difficult for Pakistan to host international matches in their country and it will take a long time before the ICC gives its approval to stage matches in the country.

  • "It's shocking. Underscores the amount of threat from across the border. We convey our solidarity to Lankan players and wish them a speedy recovery. Nothing like this should have happened. Have been saying that the terror infrastructure should be dismantled in Pakistan. We had taken a conscious decision to not send the Indian team to Pakistan," said Anand Sharma, Minister of State for External Affairs.

  • "The bus came under attack as we were driving to the stadium, the gunmen targeted the wheels of the bus first and then the bus. We all dived to the floor to take cover. About five players have been injured and also Paul Farbrace [a member of the support staff], but most of the injuries appear to be minor at this stage and caused by debris," Mahela Jayawardene said to a cricket website.

  • "I don't have words. Not good for cricket. Keeping fingers crossed for players," said PCB Chief Selector.

  • "It is unfortunate. We are happy they are all safe," said Sanath Jayasuriya, opening batsman for Lankan team.

  • "I was very shocked and saddened to learn of the news coming from Lahore of the attack on the Sri Lankan team bus earlier today. My thoughts and prayers are not only with my friends in the Sri Lankan cricket team, but with the families of everyone that has been killed or injured," said former Sri Lanka coach Tom Moody.

  • "We pray for the speedy recovery of the injured cricketers, and sympathise with their families and compatriots," said BCCI Secretary N Srinivasan.

  • "It all happened very quickly. We were on the bus, there were a couple of explosions and then the pop-pop-pop of the guns and broken glass. Everyone hit the floor straight away. I'm not sure how long it went on for - maybe half a minute," said Trevor Bayliss, Sri Lanka coach.

  • "An act of violence like this is a terrible thing and when it involves those who are part of our cricketing family, players the world over are affected," Australia captain Ricky Ponting said.

  • "This is the biggest loss to Pakistan cricket, but we have to improve this and I hope things will improve before the 2011 World Cup," Pakistan captain Younis Khan said.

  • I think this is one of the most tragic incidents in Pakistan's sports history. I think this was one of the worst security failures in Pakistan. The pakistan government guaranteed the Sri Lankan cricket team that they would provide them security and to see the kind of security provided to the Sri Lankan cricket team was completely shameful," said former cricketer Imran Khan.

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