The Pakistani bus driver, who drove Sri Lankan players to safety when their bus was ambushed by terrorists in Lahore last month, was felicitated by Sri Lankan cricket authorities in Colombo.
Meher Mohammed Khalil took the Sri Lankan cricket team to the safety of the Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore on March 3 amid heavy firing from terrorists.
On being reminded that initially it was Indian team that was to visit Pakistan, a tour that was cancelled due to the Mumbai terror attacks, Khalil said his response to the crisis would have only been better if Mahendra Singh Dhoni's men were in the bus.
Khalil and his wife were felicitated by Sri Lanka cricket with cheques of Sri Lankan Rs 10 lakhs besides a USD 2500 reward.
The driver and his wife are here on the invitation of the Associated Newspapers of Ceylon (ANCL) Ltd , the state owned group of newspapers.
Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge, Chairperson of Telecom and Mobitel Sri Lanka Leisha de Silva Chandrasena, several players of the Sri Lankan cricket team and SLC office bearers were also present on the occasion.