4 Jun 2009

Sri Lanka captain urges team to show fortitude

4:19 pm on 4 June 2009

Sri Lanka's cricket captain Kumar Sangakkara has urged his team to show "mental strength and fortitude" at the Twenty20 World Cup after the trauma of the terrorist attack on their bus in Lahore.

Six police officers and the bus driver were killed and six players, including Sangakarra, were wounded during the attack in March.

Sangakarra says players have accepted there is never a 100 percent guarantee and that's the way life is.

He says there's still a threat worldwide and so far players have been very satisfied with security for the World Cup, which starts this weekend in England

The tournament director Steve Elworthy says security is much tighter since Lahore and all teams will have police escorts to and from matches and when travelling between venues.

There are also dedicated security staff for each side.