(For related story see [ID:nSP503498] and a round-up of
stories on the attacks see [ID:nSP478024])
March 3 Six Sri Lankan cricketers and their
British assistant coach were wounded and five police were
killed when gunmen attacked the team's bus as it drove to a
stadium in the Pakistani city of Lahore on Tuesday.
The following are other incidents in which visiting cricket
teams have been caught up in or affected by militancy in South
* LAHORE: March 3, 2009
-- Five police are killed and six members of Sri Lanka's
national cricket team and their British assistant coach are
wounded when a dozen gunmen attack the team's tour bus as it
drives to a stadium in the city of Lahore in eastern Pakistan.
* MUMBAI: November 26, 2008
-- The English cricket team fly home from India on Nov. 28,
after militants storm the Indian financial capital, Mumbai, and
kill about 170 people in a series of attacks. The gunmen hit
high-profile targets including the Taj Mahal hotel, where the
team normally stays.
* NEW DELHI: September 13, 2008
-- Cricket Australia decides to go ahead with an India tour
days after five bombs are detonated in and around crowded
markets and streets in the Indian capital New Delhi on Sept.
-- Twenty people are killed and more than 90 injured in the
blasts a week before the Australian cricketers are due to
* LAHORE: March 11, 2008
-- The Australian cricket team postpones a tour to Pakistan
hours after bombings in Lahore kill at least 15 people after
taking independent security advice about the situation.
* KARACHI: May 8, 2002
-- The New Zealand cricket team flies home from Pakistan
after a suspected suicide bomber kills 14 people outside the
Karachi hotel they are staying in.
-- The blast, on the day the second test in a series was to
have begun, injures the team physiotherapist and kills 11
French navy experts, two Pakistanis and the suicide bomber.
* COLOMBO: July 24, 2001
-- A New Zealand cricket tour coincides with a suicide
attack by Tamil Tigers that closes Colombo's international
-- At least 14 people are killed and 12 more wounded in the
pre-dawn attack. The New Zealand team plays a match the
following day under increased security.
* COLOMBO: February 11, 1996
-- Cricket teams from Australia and the West Indies refuse
to play preliminary World Cup matches in Sri Lanka a week after
a massive Colombo bomb blast kills 80 people and injures 1,200.
* COLOMBO: November 16, 1992
-- A bomb attack by a suicide Tamil rebel motorcycle rider
kills four people outside the hotel that the New Zealand
cricket team are staying in as the players are having
breakfast. Five players and the team's coach are allowed to
return home on "compassionate grounds".
* COLOMBO: April 21, 1987
-- A car bomb kills more than 100 people at a bus station
in the Sri Lankan capital while the New Zealand cricket team
are visiting. The three-test tour is cut to one.
(Writing by Gillian Murdoch; Editing by John Chalmers)