Former and current Pakistan cricketers condemn assassination attempt on Imran Khan | Off the field News

KARACHI: Old and current Pakistani cricketers on Thursday condemned the attempted assassination of former Prime Minister Imran Khan, a World Cup-winning captain, by an unidentified gunman during a protest march in the eastern city of Wazirabad.
Khan, 70, who led Pakistan to their only 50 World Cup triumph in 1992, was shot in the leg in the attack but is believed to be out of harm’s way.
“Strongly condemn this heinous attack on ImranKhanPTI. May Allah keep Kaptaan safe and protect our beloved Pakistan, Ameen,” tweeted national team captain Babar Azam, who is in Australia for the ongoing T20 World Cup. .

Legendary point guard and former captain Wasim Akram called the assassination attempt disturbing.
“Deeply disturbed by the events unfolding in Wazirabad. Our prayers with Imran BHAI and everyone there. As a country, we must unite and not allow anyone to distort our national unity,” Akram said, who played under Khan in the 1992 World Cup team, wrote on his Twitter account.

Former leg spinner Mushtaq Ahmed wished Khan “a long and healthy life”.
“May he always keep that smile on the skippers face… My prayers are always with you @ImranKhanPTI,” he tweeted.

Former point guards Umar Gul and Wahab Riaz also condemned the attack.
“Extremely saddened to hear of the @ImranKhanPTI container shot. Prayers for him and everyone around him.”

“I strongly condemn the attack on @ImranKhanPTI and his acquaintances in Wazirabad. Prayers for everyone’s safety and recovery.”

The Ireland women’s team, currently touring Pakistan for three ODIs and three T20Is from Friday, said they would continue as planned pending further developments. All six matches are to be played in Lahore.
“Cricket Ireland is aware of an incident involving former Prime Minister Imran Khan which occurred approximately 150km from Lahore, location of the three ODIs and three T20Is between Ireland Women and Pakistan Women,” Cricket Ireland said. in a press release.
“Cricket Ireland is currently liaising with the Pakistan Cricket Board, the country’s security advisers and the diplomatic service.
“PCB chief executive Faisal Hasnain spoke directly to Cricket Ireland chief executive Warren Deutrom and team manager Beth Healy and provided them with an updated assessment of the situation on the pitch. .”
He said the current advice provided to Cricket Ireland is that there will be no change in threat level as a result of this incident.
“The Ireland women’s team have been informed, while Cricket Ireland’s security advisers will continue to review procedures and monitor the situation.
“However, there are currently no planned changes to the security arrangements and procedures already in place for the tour. Updates will be provided if circumstances change.”


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