I feel so sorry for the people of Pakistan after the shootings in Lahore. All of a sudden, the ordinary citizens and cricket-lovers of that country find themselves international outcasts through no fault of their own.
It was much the same in Liverpool, my home city, in 1985. After the Heysel disaster, caused by reckless violence by certain Liverpool FC supporters, English clubs were banned from European football. Everyone in Liverpool felt dimished as a result. It is a horrible situation to be in.
Amid rightful condemnation of the gunmen and the inadequate security, spare more than a thought for a nation of cricket lovers who may feel they are suddenly without a friend in the world. That is certainly not the case.