Sri Lankan cricket team, which came under a brazen terror attack in the Pakistani city of Lahore leaving six of its players injured, is expected to arrive in Colombo on Wednesday morning in a special chartered plane dispatched by Colombo to bring them home.
“A special chartered Sri Lankan Airlines plane has left Colombo to bring the players back,” Sri Lankan cricket sources said.
The plane is expected to land in Lahore late this evening and would take off with the players early tomorrow, the sources, who did not wish to be named, told PTI.
Star wicket-keeper batsman Kumar Sangakkara and mystery spinner Ajantha Mendis along with Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavitana, Suranga Lakmal and Thilina Thushara were injured in the attack in Lahore.
Assistant coach Paul Farbrace also sustained minor injuries in the ambush, carried out by a dozen masked terrorists armed with rifles, grenades and rocket launchers.
Eight people, most of them security guards escorting the Sri Lankan players to Gaddafi Stadium for the third day’s play in the second and final test match with Pakistan, were killed when the terrorists attacked the luxury bus they were travelling in.
The Sri Lankan team has called of its tour of Pakistan.