Penance for friends: Pakistan building 3 Cricket stadiums in Lanka


RupeeNews

In a fantastic gesture of goodwill for friends, the Pakistani Cricket Board is sponsoring the construction of three Cricket Stadiums in Lanka. This to say thanks to Lanka for coming to Pakistan and play after the Australians had refused to do so. The Lankans were under tremendous pressure to cancel the trip, however the Lankan cricket board defied pressure from Bharat (aka India) and decided to play in Pakistan. The Lankens were then cornered by Bharat to play on certain dates. The Lankans then broke up their trip in two parts. The played with Pakistan and then went back to Lanka to play the Bharatis. They then returned to play in Pakistan. The Bharati sponsored LTTE attacked the Pakistani players in Lahore and their operatives were captured and killed later.

The Lankan leadership acknowledged the involvement of foreign powers and blamed Bharat for the attack. They then committed to go to Pakistan and play the match again.

  • “We pause to remember the victims, to grieve with the families and friends of those who died, and to honour the heroes of that day who sacrificed their lives to save others.
  • Building of three Stadiums is being implemented with Pakistan Cricket Board Financial assistance which will also sponsor construction of two more similar cricket grounds in Sri Lanka. The completion period of this project is estimated to be two months
  • -A Sri Lankan cricket board official on Wednesday said that the islanders were not averse to playing in Pakistan again despite the March 3 attack on their players in Lahore last year.
  • “We are ready to play in Pakistan subject to security clearance from our government,” Ranatunga said.

A ground-breaking ceremony of a cricket ground was held at Ananda Sastralaya Kotte with Foreign Minister Rohitha Bogallagama as the Chief Guest.

Pakistan Acting High Commissioner Mariam Saeed and Sri Lanka Cricket Board Chairman D.S. de Silva were also present.

This project is being implemented with Pakistan Cricket Board Financial assistance which will also sponsor construction of two more similar cricket grounds in Sri Lanka. The completion period of this project is estimated to be two months, which would include construction of grass turf, ground development and installation of sprinkler system.

Sri Lanka Cricket will be the supervising body for this project which will also contribute matching grant for the completion of project.

Minister Bogollagama appreciated the support by the Government and people of Pakistan. He said this project is a manifestation of the deep rooted friendly relations between the two countries.

Acting High Commissioner of Pakistan Saeed said this project is a gift from the Government and people of Pakistan to Sri Lankans and it will further strengthen the bond of friendship between the two sides. Pakistan’s support for construction cricket grounds in Sri lanka. Ceylon Daily News

The Lankans are not cowed down by the attack, and loudly proclaim that they will return to play in Lanka. This is called friendship and every Lankan should be appreciated for this great gesture on their part. Pakistan has stood by Lanka in its hour of need when it was in a death trap of the Bharati sponsored LTTE. Pakistan and Chinese arms helped the Lankan army defeat the Indian sponsored terrorists.

Nishanta Ranatunga told the ‘Express’ news channel that the Lankans stood together with Pakistan while recalling the first anniversary of the March 3 attacks.

“We are ready to play in Pakistan subject to security clearance from our government,” Ranatunga said.

“Pakistan has always been a good friend and staunch supporter of Sri Lankan cricket and we would also not shy away from helping them at this time when they are faced with problems,” he said.

The Sri Lankan team was touring Pakistan as a replacement for India, who had pulled out of a scheduled Test tour after the Mumbai attacks, when militants attacked their team bus during a Test match in Lahore, killing six policemen and injuring several Sri Lankan players.

Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt paid tribute to the memories of those who lost their lives on that day.

“We pause to remember the victims, to grieve with the families and friends of those who died, and to honour the heroes of that day who sacrificed their lives to save others.

“Even though a year has passed, it has not erased the shock, horror and pain that we all felt on that day. We all remember where we were when we heard the news, and the disbelief that we felt at first, and then the sorrow,” he said. ‘Sri Lanka not averse to playing in Pakistan’Press Trust of India, 03 March 2010 (Karachi)
-A Sri Lankan cricket board official on Wednesday said that the islanders were not averse to playing in Pakistan again despite the March 3 attack on their players in Lahore last year.

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