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Sri Lankan cricket team could be flown in by this evening

world Updated: Mar 03, 2009 12:53 IST

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Colombo, Mar 3 (PTI) Sri Lankan cricket team, which was attacked by unidentified gunmen near the cricket stadium in Lahore this morning, is likely to be brought home this evening in a special flight.

"Efforts are on to bring back the cricket team along with the injured cricketers at the earliest and they could be brought back by a special plane this evening," sources said.

Sri Lankan Cricket Chief Executive Officer Dilip Mendis both Tharanga Paranavitana and Thilan Thushara are in hospital after sustaining injuries.

"The two players are in hospital but are out of danger," Mendis told reporters adding "we are trying to get the team out of Pakistan as early as possible".

Mendis also said assistant coach of the Sri Lankan team Paul Farbrace was injured along with some players.

He also assured that the cricketers were safe and speedy measures were being taken to bring them back into Sri Lanka at the earliest.

Cricket commentator and former Sri Lankan cricketers Roshan Abeysinghe the Sri told a TV channel from Lahore that Lankan cricket players were air lifted by helicopter from the cricket ground to a safer place.