EY (AFP) - The deadly attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in Lahore will have a lasting and damaging impact on planned tours to Pakistan, the Australian Cricketers' Association said Tuesday.
Eight people were killed and seven Sri Lankan cricketers and their coach were wounded when up to 12 gunmen attacked the squad's convoy near the Gaddafi stadium with rockets, hand grenades and automatic weapons, police said.
The brazen attack shocked and saddened Australian cricket, whose national team have not toured Pakistan since 1998 over security fears.
The players' union chief executive Paul Marsh said the attack would have huge ramifications for Pakistan cricket.
"It is one of those things, you know the risk is pretty large in that part of the world, in Pakistan, but there has always been a belief that sports people will not be targeted and I am just stunned," Marsh said.
"It is very sad that it has come to this for all the cricketers and Pakistan cricket in particular.
"This is not their doing but I am sure the fallout from this is going to have a lasting impact on Pakistan cricket and the future of the game in Pakistan."