Our initial reaction was to worry that one of the Sri Lankan cricketers had been killed, as if their lives were somehow more important than the lives of the policemen who were escorting them. Such is the way of thinking after something like this.
We’ve always felt that cricketers were being just a little bit precious not touring Pakistan. Sadly, their fears appear to have been justified. You worry what the long-term effects will be, not just in terms of touring Pakistan, but in terms of touring any country that’s had a history of violence – and let’s be honest, that’s a good deal of the cricket world.
Nothing was ever resolved by creating divisions and the more the world is fragmented, the worse off we all are. The Sri Lankan cricket team were bravely leading the way in touring Pakistan, indirectly making a statement that the country wasn’t a no-go zone. This is the thanks they get.