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“The Sri Lankans had hired a chartered flight to fly out of Lahore after their players were attacked by militants and they hired an airbus for this purpose at a cost of around USD 30,000”
Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) have called on the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) to pay them USD 30,000 for having to hire an aeroplane to fly the national team back home after they were attacked by armed insurgents in Lahore in March 2009.
According to sources, SLC want the PCB to include the amount in the expenses they will bear for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates in December.
“The Sri Lankans had hired a chartered flight to fly out of Lahore after their players were attacked by militants and they hired an airbus for this purpose at a cost of around USD 30,000,” one source said.
Six policemen and two civilians were killed as a result of the attack, while seven Sri Lankan players were injured as well.
After the attack, SLC hired a Pakistan International Airlines Airbus to fly them back to Colombo with the view that the PCB would repay them.
“But that amount of USD 30,000 is yet to settled by the PCB despite several reminders,” the source said. “Neither Ijaz Butt, in whose tenure the incident took place, nor Zaka Ashraf took measures to clear up the matter and now it remains to be seen what the present head, Najam Sethi, does.”