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March 04, 2009 00:41 IST

Few believed terrorists could target cricketers in Pakistan and Chaminda Vaas' [Images] wife was one of them, who thought it was a joke when news first broke out of the Sri Lanka [Images] team coming under the attack in Lahore on Tuesday.

"I thought it was a joke because somebody was saying that why will anybody want to hurt a cricketer," said the Sri Lankan pacer's wife, Vasana.

"Then he phoned and said a few were hurt and had been taken to the hospital," said Vaas' wife, who spent some anxious moments.

"He called again and said they have been airlifted and taken by helicopter to the air force base and were waiting for the flight to come home as soon as possible," she said.

Family members of Thilan Samaraweera [Images] and Tharanga Paranavitana, both of whom had to be rushed to the hospital after sustaining injuries, waited with bated breath for news to come about their well being.

Samaraweera was hit by shrapnel in his leg while another splinter grazed Paranavitana's chest.

"I panicked. I was informed about the incident. A lot of people spoke to me," said Samaraweera's wife who spent some nervous moments before her husband's voice over the phone calmed her down.

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