attack timeline

Gunmen launched a brazen attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team in the Pakistani city of Lahore yesterday, killing at least eight people and wounding seven team members, police said.

Here is a timeline of incidents that have damaged Pakistani cricket:

l September 2001: The New Zealand team en route to Pakistan, returned from Singapore after the September 11, 2001 attacks on the US.

l April 2002: New Zealand agreed to reschedule the tour.

l May 2002: New Zealand cut short a tour of Pakistan after a suicide blast outside their team hotel killed 14 people, including 11 French naval staff.

l September 2003: A bomb blast in Karachi forced South Africa to postpone a tour of Pakistan. They agreed to tour a week later but refused to play in Karachi, Pakistan's biggest city.

l October 2005: England refused to play a Test in Karachi over security fears but played a one-day in the city.

l October 2007: South Africa attempt on former prime minister Benazir Bhutto. The match was shifted to the central city of Multan.

l March 2008: Australia refused to tour Pakistan over security fears.

The tour is scheduled to take place in Abu Dhabi and Dubai in April-May this year.

l March 2009: Sri Lankan team attacked by gunmen, forcing the suspension of the second Test after two days of play. - Sapa-AFP

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