Sri Lanka nice Kumar Sangakkara will relive his fateful 2009 journey to Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium on Friday after returning for the primary time for the reason that lethal assault which plunged Pakistan into cricket isolation.
Sangakkara is captaining England’s venerable MCC for 4 video games in Lahore, the place he was wounded in a militant assault on the Sri Lankan workforce that left eight individuals useless in March 2009.
Worldwide cricket is barely now returning to Pakistan, who hosted Sri Lanka late final 12 months for his or her first house Take a look at collection for the reason that guns-and-rocket assault.
Sangakkara, 42, suffered shrapnel wounds to his shoulder and narrowly escaped a bullet which whistled previous his head because the Sri Lankan gamers lay pinned down on the ground of the workforce bus.
However Sangakkara, who can also be the president of the Marylebone Cricket Membership (MCC), mentioned Pakistan was slowly restoring its repute as a protected vacation spot for visiting groups.
“Safety is at all times a serious concern all over the place on the planet,” he mentioned after arriving in Lahore on Thursday.
“I feel the steps which were taken in Pakistan over the previous few years have instilled a large amount of confidence within the cricketing nations.
“I feel slowly and absolutely that confidence is build up and the extra occasions worldwide sides tour, that message turns into stronger and tougher to disregard.”
The few worldwide video games in Pakistan have been guarded by tight safety, with snipers on rooftops, roads sealed off and closely armed patrols.
However Sangakkara, one of many world’s greatest batsmen of the previous 20 years, mentioned enjoying in Lahore sends out a robust image.
“I feel the very best factor is to ship the message by the best way we play on the sector,” mentioned Sangakkara.
“I’m joyful that we’re in a position to play our half to try to encourage international locations to take a look at Pakistan as the most effective cricket locations.
“It has been previously and I’m positive will probably be that once more very quickly.”
The MCC will open their tour with a Twenty20 match in Lahore on Friday. The remaining matches can even be performed within the metropolis on February 16, 17 and 19.