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Sri Lankan cricketers 'savior' driver praying for Pak win

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Lahore, June 30 (ANI): The bus driver of the Sri Lankan cricket team, Meher Mohammad Khalil, who by his presence of mind and prompt action saved the lives of the Lankan cricketers during the Lahore terror strike, has said that he would be praying for Pakistan's victory during the forthcoming Test and one-day series between both the countries.

Khalil has been invited by the Sri Lanka Cricket Board (SLC) to watch the series, but will not be able to visit Sri Lanka as he is going for a pilgrimage to Saudi Arabia.

"I received a call from an SLC official, however, I have expressed my inability to make my second trip to Sri Lanka as I am leaving for Saudi Arabia for Umra within the next ten days and will be away for about a month," Khalil said.

Khalil said he would pray for his team's victory during his visit to Mecca.

"As a host, it was my duty to save Sri Lanka players when they were in my country. But my heart will always be with the Pak. team and I wish our team continues winning more matches in Sri Lanka also," The Nation quoted Khalil, as saying.

Khalil was felicitated by Sri Lankan government and cricket board officials recently for his heroics during the March 3 terror attack, in which eight persons were killed and six Sri Lanka players were injured.

Meanwhile, Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam has expressed satisfaction over the security arrangements in Sri Lanka.

"It is excellent and we have no fear whatsoever," Alam said.

Major General Lawrence, retired Chief-of-Staff of the Sri Lanka Army, is in-charge of all the security arrangements. (ANI)

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Story first published: Tuesday, June 30, 2009, 14:48 [IST]
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