The attack stunned the entire cricketing world
Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse has reportedly given the national team a green light to start touring Pakistan again in light of the terrorist attack on March 3 2009.
According to the Express Tribune, the President stated that enough time had passed since the horrifying attack, and that he believed it was safe for the national team to travel to Pakistan again.
However, Rajapakse noted that the decision to play a series rested with the two cricket boards, and that the entire details and other aspects of the tour had to be sorted out by both boards as well.
The Express Tribune quoted Rajapakse as saying: “We are ready to take the initiative in this and will be happy if international cricket resumes in Pakistan.”
Pakistan have not hosted any international tours since the Sri Lankan team were attacked by gunmen in March 2009, which left six Pakistani police officers and one van driver dead.
Five Sri Lankan players and a reserve umpire were also injured in the attack.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have been trying to coax teams into coming to the country to play a series, but so far, none of the international teams have shown the slightest bit of interest.
In an attempt to resume international series in Pakistan, the PCB have authorised the sports minister in Sindh province, Dr Mohammad Ali Shah, to invite a World XI side to play in Karachi.
According to early reports, the World XI squad will include players like Sanath Jayasuriya, Andre Nel, Nicky Boje, Justin Kemp and more foreign players, who are yet to be decided.