HONG KONG (AFP) - The attack on Sri Lanka's national team in Pakistan was "cricket's darkest day" and has called into question the sport's survival in the country, media across the cricket-playing world said Wednesday. Tuesday's attack, in which eight people were killed and seven Sri Lankan cricketers and a coach injured, has also dealt a setback to troubled Pakistan and its fight against militancy, newspapers said. "(This) is a savage blow to the Pakistani state," wrote Greg Sheridan, foreign editor of The Australian daily. "It is second only to to the murder of Benazir Bhutto in demonstrating the continuing, and worsening, crisis in Pakistan." The Daily Telegraph in Sydney called it "cricket's darkest day." Many commentators expressed concern that international cricket in Pakistan may have come to an end, with nations unwilling to tour after the shocking attack as the team were on their way to the stadium. "The Sri Lankan team airlifted out of the Gaddafi Stadium is likely to be the last to tour Pakistan for a generation," The Age newspaper said. "Is this the end of Pakistani cricket? Considering that the existence of the state of Pakistan is increasingly coming into question, this would certainly seem so," said the Hindustan Times in India. It said that by targeting the players, "about a dozen terrorists nailed the myth that sports can be cocooned from the big, bad world outside." The Sydney Morning Herald recalled the carnage at the Olympic Games in Munich in 1972, when militants killed 11 members of the Israeli delegation. "This is cricket's Munich Olympics, a moment when athletes who embraced the game... found themselves facing a gun," it said. The Times of India called it a "shocking indictment" of security in Pakistan. "The problem, as US Defence Secretary Robert Gates has noted, is that any number of major terrorist networks have found a safe haven in Pakistan," the paper said. "Unless that changes the world is threatened, with South Asia at the bleeding edge." India withdrew from a tour of Pakistan after the attacks in Mumbai in November blamed on Pakistan-based militants, which led Sri Lanka to step into the breach. "Defiance is more often than not the best way to deal with such threats. Sri Lanka had adopted this approach by stepping in for India's cricketers," said the South China Morning Post. "The Sri Lankans' brave decision was not given the necessary support by Pakistani authorities," it said. The Financial Times said the attack was a "double body blow" for the troubled nation. "It should by now be clear to Pakistan's political and military elites that their indulgence of jihadi groups... has boomeranged to the point that jihadism threatens the very survival of the state," it said. Writing in Britain's Daily Mail, former England captain Nasser Hussain questioned why cricket chiefs did not act to stop Sri Lanka playing in Pakistan. "This is evidence that anyone can be targeted," he wrote. "I never want to see cricket disappear from any of its heartlands but I'm afraid this emphasises that the show cannot always go on." In The Times newspaper, another former England captain, Mike Atherton, said cricket isolation would be the "sad but inevitable" result of the attack. "By targeting something that is so dear to the hearts of most Pakistanis, the one thing that allowed Pakistan normal engagement with the West, this attack has ensured further isolation there," he said.