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

KARACHI: Ex and current Pakistani cricketers Thursday condemned the assassination attempt on former Prime Minister Imran Khan, a World Cup captain, by an unidentified gunman during a protest march in the eastern city of Wazirabad.
The 70-year-old Khan, who led Pakistan to its only World Cup victory with 50 wins in 1992, was shot and wounded in the leg in the attack, but is said to be out of danger.
“Strongly condemn this horrific 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 Championship.

Legendary pacesetter and former Captain Wasim Akram called the assassination attempt disturbing.
“Deeply troubled by the events in Wazirabad. Our prayers with Imran BHAI and everyone there. We as a country must come together and not allow anyone to disrupt our national unity,” Akram, who played under Khan in the 1992 World Cup-winning team , wrote on his Twitter handle.

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

Former pacesetters Umar Gul and Wahab Riazo also condemned the attack.
“Extremely saddened to hear about the shooting at @ImranKhanPTI container. 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 Irish women’s team, which is currently touring Pakistan for three ODIs and three T20Is, starting Friday, said it will continue as planned pending further developments. All six matches are scheduled to be played in Lahore.
“Cricket Ireland is aware of an incident involving former Prime Minister Imran Khan which took place about 150km outside Lahore, the location of the three ODIs and three T20Is between Ireland Women and Pakistan Women,” said a statement from Cricket Ireland.
“Cricket Ireland is currently in contact with the Pakistan Cricket Board, security advisers in the country and diplomatic services.
“PCB chief Faisal Hasnain spoke directly with Cricket Ireland Chief Executive Warren Deutrom and team manager Beth Healy and provided them with an updated assessment of the situation on the ground.”
It said the current advice to Cricket Ireland is that there will be no change in threat level as a result of this incident.
“The Irish women’s squad has been informed, while Cricket Ireland’s security advisers will continue to review procedures and monitor the situation.
“However, there are currently no anticipated changes to the security arrangements and procedures already in place for the tour. Updates will be provided as circumstances change.”

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