Terror attacks on the sub-continent: A timeline

A chronology of how cricket tours have been affected by terrorist attacks in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan.

updated: March 03, 2009 10:40 IST
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A chronology of how cricket tours have been affected by terrorist attacks in India, Sri Lanka and Pakistan:

1984: England's tour of India goes ahead, despite the assassinations of Indira Gandhi, the Indian prime minister, and Sir Percy Norris, the British high commissioner of western India, and the subsequent rioting that engulfed the country.

1987: New Zealand call off their tour of Sri Lanka after an explosion killed 100 people in Colombo.

1993: A suicide bomber's assassination of a Sri Lankan navy officer outside New Zealand's Colombo hotel leads them to abandon their tour.

1996: West Indies and Sri Lanka forego their group games against Sri Lanka at the World Cup rather than play in Colombo, which had been rattled by Tamil Tiger bombs a fortnight earlier.

2001: West Indies and New Zealand cancel tours of Pakistan after the September 11 attacks.

2002: A suicide bomber kills 11 people and damages the window of the New Zealand team's hotel in Karachi three hours before the start of the second Test. The New Zealand side immediately fly home, cancelling the tour.

2005: England play their third ODI in Karachi despite a car bomb killing three people in a KFC restaurant across the street from their planned hotel a month earlier.

2008: Australia refuse to tour Pakistan because of security fears, these concerns also lead to the ICC's Champions Trophy being postponed for a year.

2008: Cricket Australia reviews the security situation in India after five serial blasts in New Delhi killed 20 people. The tour goes ahead.

2008: England's tour of India ends abruptly with the remaining two ODIs of the seven-match series are cancelled. However, the tour resumed later with the England team coming back for the two-Test series after security assurances from India.

2008: The inaugural edition of the Champions League Twenty20 scheduled to be played in Mumbai, Bangalore and Chennai from December 3 to 10, stands postponed following November 26's terror attacks in Mumbai.

2008-09: India's impending tour of Pakistan in January 2009, is cancelled in the wake of the Mumbai terror strikes.

2009: Sri Lankan cricket team is attacked in Pakistan while the players are on their way to Gaddafi Stadium for the third day's play of the second Test match. Lanka cancels their Pak tour following the incident.