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March 3 Five members of the Sri Lankan cricket
team were wounded when around a dozen gunmen attacked their bus
as it drove with a police escort on Tuesday to a stadium in the
Pakistani city of Lahore, officials said.
Here are five facts about security concerns over cricket in
* Sri Lanka's cricket team were touring Pakistan after
India pulled out in the wake of the Mumbai attacks in November
in which about 170 people were killed. The team agreed to play
three test matches and five one-day internationals.
* Until the Sri Lankan series Pakistan had gone without
test cricket for more then a year and was keen to have
international cricket at home.
* Australia postponed a test tour in April 2008 and the
International Cricket Council also put off the Champions Trophy
after South Africa raised security concerns about playing in
Pakistan. The Champions Trophy was then shifted out of Pakistan
and no new venue has been decided. Johannesburg, Dubai and Abu
Dhabi were being considered as possible venues, the ICC said on
* In 2002, a bomb exploded in Karachi while the New Zealand
cricket team were touring, killing 13 people including 11
French navy experts. The tourists, based at the Pearl
Continental Hotel, were preparing to depart for the National
Stadium for the start of a test match when a car exploded
outside the nearby Karachi Sheraton. New Zealand called off the
tour within hours of the attack.
* Pakistan is meant to jointly host the 2011 World Cup
along with India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan. The ICC last month
asked the organisers to plan alternate venues if it becomes
difficult to play in Pakistan due to security concerns.
(Reporting by Sanjeev Miglani; Asia Desk + 65 6870 3815)