Today is the day which marked the black color in the fate of Pakistani cricket, or say which proved to be the final nail in its coffin.
Yes we are talking about the attack on the Sri Lankan national cricket team. It occurred in 2009 when a bus carrying Sri Lankan cricketers, part of a larger convoy, was fired upon by 12 gunmen, near the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore, Pakistan.
The cricketers were on their way to play the third day of the second Test against the Pakistani cricket team. Six members of the Sri Lanka national cricket team were injured. Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed.
Immediately following the attacks, unnamed Pakistani authorities blamed the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), a militant organization banned in both Pakistan and India. Pakistani officials said that the attacks were similar to the Mumbai attacks. Most of the Pakistani press blamed Pakistani Islamist militants and Al-Qaeda for the attacks. Police said that kidnapping was a possible motive, but police officials refused to comment on this.
Federal Bureau of Investigation director Robert Mueller arrived in Pakistan the day after these attacks and met with Pakistani officials to discuss security issues and the Mumbai attacks.
Interior Adviser Rehman Malik, told the National Assembly Standing Committee on the Interior that no evidence of LeT’s involvement has been found so far, and that sufficient evidence has been surfaced pointing to involvement of a foreign hand.
Gunmen and suspects were arrested and a secret report was also disclosed.
This was the detail of the incident but the damage it inflicted is immeasurable as it ensued several casualties including the casualty of reputation, credibility and cricket of Pakistan. Since then, Pakistan cricket has been never been able to stand again. The insecurity was so deep, so intense that Pakistan’s stadiums could not be entrusted for Pakistan Super League even.