The attack in Lahore came at a time of unrest in both Pakistan and Sri Lanka, both of whom are trying to defeat insurgencies. It was unclear who was behind the assault, however, but it appeared to have been carefully coordinated.
Pakistan Cricket Board security official Nadeem Iqbal said eight members of the Sri Lankan team were injured near Gaddafi Stadium on Tuesday. City police chief Haji Habibur Rehman said five policemen died in the shooting. Security concerns have plagued Pakistan for years and some foreign sports teams have refused to play here.
"We are assessing the situation," Pakistan cricket board chief Ejaz Butt said. In Sri Lanka, Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge said two players, Tharanga Paranavitana and Thilan Samaraweera, had been taken to hospital in the city.