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Mushtaq Ahmed backs anti-terror campaign

cricket Updated: Jul 27, 2010 15:41 IST
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Former Pakistan international turned England spin-bowling coach Mushtaq Ahmed is among a group of cricketers who have lent their support to the 'Not In My Game' anti-terror campaign.

The aim is to encourage cricket fans around the world to make clear that incidents such as the one which saw the Sri Lanka team bus fired upon in Lahore in March last year, killing eight people and injuring seven Sri Lankan players and staff, have no place in sport.

That attack led to the effective suspension of international cricket in Pakistan and saw a 'home' series against Australia, which Pakistan ended with a three-wicket second Test win at Headingley last week, being played in England.

"Playing cricket has always been one of the most important things in my life," Ahmed said in a statement issued on Tuesday.

"This passion for the game is shared by millions of cricket fans at home and across the globe: a love of cricket unites us all, irrespective of where we're from and whom we support," the former leg-spinner, who also starred for Sussex in English county cricket, added.

Ahmed, reflecting on the Lahore attack, said: "Atrocities like these have a terrible impact on the game we love.