thilan samaraweera returned pakistan: thilan samaraweera returned Pakistan with new zealand cricket team; thilan samaraweera was shot in 2009 in Pakistan; Thilan Samaraweera Returned to Pakistan
The New Zealand team has reached Pakistan after 18 years for a limited overs series (three ODIs and five T20 Internationals). Batting coach Thilan Samaraweera has also arrived with the team. This is the same Thilan Samaraweera who was shot in Pakistan in 2009. He has reached Pakistan for the first time after that incident. Actually, he was a part of Sri Lanka cricket team. On March 3, 2009, the team was traveling in a bus when there was a terror attack near Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore. In this attack, Samaraweera was shot in the leg.
Six Sri Lankan cricketers and two support staff were injured in this incident. One bullet came out while touching the ankle of the then captain Mahela Jayawardene. Kumar Sangakkara also got a shrapnel on his shoulder, Thilan Samaraweera also got shot in the leg. The most serious injury was on the chest of Tharanga Paranavithana. In this tragic incident, 6 Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed in the attack. The security personnel saved the team by playing on their lives. This incident had a very bad effect, not only that, international cricket was stopped in Pakistan.
International cricket was stopped in Pakistan
This attack had tarnished the image of Pakistan across the world. This attack was headlines not only in neighboring countries, but in newspapers around the world. Then the Sri Lankan cricket team decided to return home immediately. Teams from all over the world had refused to go to Pakistan. However, now gradually the situation has returned to normal. The Sri Lankan team also toured Pakistan in 2017.
Kiwi team reached Pakistan after 18 years
On the other hand, New Zealand abandoned their tour of Pakistan in 2002 after the bombings outside the team hotel in Karachi. The Black Caps played five ODIs in 2003, which was their last tour of Pakistan. The team will have to remain in isolation for three days before resuming practice from September 15.
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such is the schedule
The three ODIs to be played in Rawalpindi on September 17, 19, 21 will not count in the ICC One Day Super League and will be played as a bilateral series. Pakistan, with 40 points from four wins out of nine matches, are sixth in the table. New Zealand have won all three matches, amassing 30 points and are 10th on the table. After three ODIs, New Zealand will play five T20Is against Pakistan on September 25, 26, 29 October 1 and 3 at the Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.
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