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Friday, 27 October 2017 - 16:20
Sri Lanka team attack survivor to officiate 3rd T20 in Lahore
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Tens of thousands of security men will be deployed in Lahore on Sunday when Sri Lanka become the first major cricket team to visit Pakistan since they were targeted in a deadly ambush in 2009.
 
Reports say a number of attack survivors will be among those who would return to the ground.
 
The match will be officiated by another attack survivor, umpire Ahsan Raza.
 
Raza, a reserve umpire in 2009 who was among those shot, and needed emergency surgery to repair a collapsed lung and damaged the liver, will also be on the field.
 
Eight people were killed and eight wounded in the March 3, 2009, attack on Sri Lanka's bus convoy near the Gaddafi Stadium, an incident which brought cricket tours to Pakistan screeching to a halt.
 
Raza was wounded when Pakistani Taliban militants targeted a bus carrying officials, killing the driver.
 
Another bus's driver was hailed as a hero after shepherding the players to safety under a hail of bullets.
 
“It's a great honour that I will be umpiring in the match which is bringing Sri Lanka back to Lahore. “They have set their every fear aside [...] their tour will have a great impact on the revival of cricket in Pakistan.”
 
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