Kanpur: India's chief coach Anil Kumble on Tuesday offered his condolences on behalf of the national cricket team for the soldiers of Indian Army who lost their lives on Sunday during a dastardly terrorist attack in Uri, a town in Jammu and Kashmir.
18 army personnel were martyred when four heavily armed terrorists attacked the Brigade headquarters near Line of Control (LOC) at dawn.
Asked to comment on the Uri attack, Kumble said:"Yes, in terms of our support to the people who safeguard all of us, we deeply condone their death. We honour their matyrdom. It is never easy for the families. As Indian team, we salute the bravehearts. The respect from our side will always be there."
India woke up to the news of armed militants, suspected to be members of terror outfit Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM), stormed into the army base in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir. As many as 18 soldiers were killed in the attack, while 30 have been injured.
The Indian cricket team take on New Zealand in three Tests and five One-Day Internationals over the next one month. The first Test between the two sides will be played at the Green Park in Kanpur, which will also be India's 500th match in the format.