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One of the darkest days in cricket history: Preity Zinta


Posted: Mar 03, 2009 at 1344 hrs IST

Napier: Team India administrative manager Niranjan Shah said the terror attack on Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore will certainly have an impact on the 2011 World Cup to be co-hosted by India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.

“It will have some effect, there is no doubt about it,” Shah said.

Asked if this vindicated India's decision not to tour Pakistan last month, Shah said “It is all our government's policy. We go by the government's policy and that is our stand.” Indian players, playing their first one-dayer against New Zealand in Napier, wore black bands on their sleeves as a mark of respect for their Sri Lankan counterparts.

Shah said the players were shocked at the shoot-out against the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore.

“The players are all shocked. This is not acceptable anywhere. We never expect such things in cricket. This is really a very terrible incident,” said the former BCCI secretary.

Shah said India were not worried about security here, but he had informed the CEO of New Zealand Cricket to take adequate precautions.

Bolloywood actress Preity Zinta was shaken by the ghastly incident.

“This is a really an unfortunate incident for sports in general. My prayers go out for all players in the Sri Lankan team, not just for those who played for us in the IPL."

"There have been some crazy stories doing the rounds and we don't know what's true and what's not. I just hope everyone is safe. It is one of the darkest days in cricket history."

“Nobody will be happy with incidents such as these. Sport is about excellence on a human level. I feel really sad and just hope and pray that everyone is fine,” said Preity, owner of IPL franchisee Kings Eleven Punjab.

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