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The Reuters global sports blog

Passionate crowds key to sport

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This week’s attack on the Sri Lanka cricket team means Pakistan will be a no-go area for sports teams for years to come but the country will still be able to “host” matches¬†elsewhere, with a “home” series already lined up against Australia in Dubai and Abu Dhabi.

It’s a good solution for the Pakistan Cricket Board, who will keep the team playing and generate much needed cash from the sale of the TV broadcasting rights, but I hope this is not the start of a trend.

Great sporting events must take place where the crowds are there to watch them, even if TV revenue would still flow in for games played just for the cameras.

As I write this, Sweden are preparing to play their Davis Cup tennis tie against Israel behind closed doors, supposedly because they could not guarantee security should fans be allowed to actually turn up and watch the matches.

A long winter looms for Pakistan cricket

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cricketA¬†billion fans in India, Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka — all test nations — have used the game of cricket as a balm for their myriad problems.

That myth was exploded on Tuesday after gunmen wounded six Sri Lankan players after firing heavy weapons as their team bus wound its way towards the Gaddafi stadium in Lahore to start the third day’s play in the second test.

Sport on sub-continent threatened after attack on Sri Lanka cricketers

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Scenes of bloodshed on the streets of Lahore after gunmen attacked the Sri Lankan team bus instantly ended any hopes Pakistan might have held of coaxing the cricketing world back to its grounds.

Repercussions from Tuesday’s incident that left six players wounded and five policemen dead may also be felt through the entire region for years to come (read our main report here and click here for reaction).

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