9 Mar 2009

Psychologists help Sri lankan cricketers

7:07 am on 9 March 2009

Sri Lanka has hired psychologists to help its national cricket team overcome the trauma they suffered in the militant attacks in Pakistan.

The four specialists will work to mentally boost ther cricketers, help them heal their mental scars and overcome the tragedy says Geethanjana Mendis, head of the Sri Lankan sports ministry medical unit.

The convoy of players, officials and coaches on their way to the second Test match in Lahore last week was ambushed by gunmen firing automatic weapons, grenades and a rocket launcher.

Seven Sri Lankan players and their British assistant coach Paul Farbrace were injured in the attack and the squad was flown home immediately.

Thilan Samaraweera underwent major surgery in Colombo to remove a bullet from his left thigh, while Tharanga Paranavitana had a bullet taken out of his chest, and Ajantha Mendis had shrapnel extracted from his back and head.

Six policemen and two civilians were killed in the ambush by unknown gunmen, who escaped from the scene.