LAHORE (AFP) - Former captain Ramiz Raja Wednesday appealed for world cricket to support Pakistan, saying the sport was a way of life in the country and it must continue. Tuesday's attacks on the Sri Lankan team bus - which left seven players and an assistant coach injured and cut short their tour - have cast serious doubts over the future of international cricket in the cricket-mad nation. Raja, now a popular television commentator, said the cricket community must ensure the game lives on in Pakistan. "Obviously Tuesday's tragic events have pushed us back a fair bit," Raja told AFP. "But the entire world must realise that cricket is a way of life in Pakistan and it must not be taken away." The Sri Lankan team returned home late Tuesday, and with them vanished hopes of Pakistan hosting foreign teams in the foreseeable future. The New Zealand Cricket Board announced that their tour in November was off in the wake of the attacks and the International Cricket Council raised doubts over whether the country could still co-host the 2011 World Cup. Last month, the International Cricket Council moved the elite eight-nation Champions Trophy out of Pakistan after three countries refused to tour over security fears. But Raja said there should be no "kneejerk reactions" following the latest attacks. "It's easy to take cricket events out of Pakistan in a kneejerk reaction but Pakistan needs support and with gradual improvement in security teams must play here," he said. Raja lamented that the attacks targeted a Sri Lankan team who had agreed to tour troubled Pakistan after others had refused. "They (Sri Lankans) were gracious enough to tour us and during the one-day matches in January and then in the Tests I saw some banners which thanked the Sri Lankan team and it's tragic that these events happened."