Lahore terror attack still haunts Samaraweera

Updated: May 24, 2011, 16:06 PM IST

Karachi: Even as the Pakistan Cricket Board is trying to convince Sri Lanka Cricket officials to send its team for a full series to Pakistan later this year, senior Sri Lankan batsman Thilan Samaraweera has said that the terror
attack on the team in Lahore in 2009 still haunts him.

"It was the worst day of my life. Those three minutes in the bus will stay with me forever. But it`s all in the past now and thankfully I am here to tell the tale," Samaraweera told a website.

When the militants attacked the Sri Lankan team bus while they were going to the Gaddafi stadium on the third day of the second Test match on March 3, Samaraweera was the only player who suffered a bullet wound while some of his teammates suffered wounds from flying glass.

He had a bullet pierce the inside of his thigh, centimetres from the knee but he was back playing for Sri Lanka four months after the attack.

"It was a challenge to play after the attack and the injury, but I wanted desperately to start playing again. I was back playing again for Sri Lanka after four months. When I was lying in the hospital bed recovering from the injury I never thought I would be able to make such a swift recovery."

In the aftermath of the Lahore attack, the Sri Lankan players won much praise from the cricketing world for the dignified way they conducted themselves. Rather than pointing fingers, the Sri Lankan players and officials maintained a professional and respectful viewpoint.