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Traumatised SL players to undergo counselling

After eight members of its touring party were injured in the Lahore attacks on Tuesday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has enlisted the services of psychologists to assist them with mental recovery and trauma care.

cricket Updated: Mar 10, 2009 00:35 IST
Venkat Ananth

After eight members of its touring party were injured in the Lahore attacks on Tuesday, Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has enlisted the services of psychologists to assist them with mental recovery and trauma care.

According to sources in the board, there would be four specialist psychologists who would be working closely with the members of the team, which survived a terrorist attack in Lahore. Their role would primarily involve intense counselling sessions with the players and the support staff who were on the bus ambushed by terrorists.

Sources said that it was an initiative by the support staff, which led to this measure being taken by the board. “The support staff immediately came with suggestions regarding measures that needed to be taken in order to help see our players through this tragedy and prepare them for future situations,” a source said.

The process is scheduled to start once the three injured players who are still in hospital are discharged and rehabilitated. Thilan Samaraweera, Tharanga Paranavithana and Ajantha Mendis have been advised rest afor two months before they can resume training.

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