COLOMBO (AFP) - Sri Lanka's wounded and shaken cricketers flew home to Colombo Wednesday and were rushed straight to a local hospital, a day after being attacked in a deadly ambush in Pakistan, officials said. There were emotional scenes as relieved relatives welcomed home the 25-member tour party, who were led from a specially chartered Sri Lankan Airlines jet by team manager Brendon Kuruppu. Star batsman Thilan Samaraweera and Tharanga Paranavithana, who both received hospital treatment in Pakistan, were among the first to be brought out and taken to a private medical facility in Colombo, a senior official said. "Both of them may need further treatment and surgery," said Geethanjana Mendis, a sports medicine specialist who was at the airport to receive the team. The extent of their wounds was not immediately clear. Mendis said the entire team needed medical evaluation while some members would require further treatment for their injuries. Spin bowler Ajantha Mendis was seen leaving the aircraft with a plaster behind his right ear. A total of seven players and an assistant coach were hurt in the attack, which left eight people dead. Vice-captain Kumar Sangakkara, who was also wounded in Tuesday's gun and grenade assault, told reporters that they had been asked by team management not to speak to the media. Before leaving Pakistan, skipper Mahela Jayawardene extended his gratitude to the driver of the team bus for possibly saving their lives. "We owe the team bus driver our lives for his remarkable bravery in the face of direct gunfire," he said in a statement. "Had he not had the courage and presence of mind to get the bus moving after the initial attack then we'd have been a far easier target for the terrorists." Jayawardene passed on the team's "deepest and heartfelt condolences" to the families of the people who were killed in the attack. Sri Lanka agreed to go to Pakistan despite high security risks. They replaced India who refused to tour the nuclear-armed Muslim nation over heightened tension in the wake of attacks in Mumbai in November. Sri Lanka won a three-match one-day series 2-1 last month - a tour that went off without mishap. They then returned to play the two-Test series last month and drew the first Test in Karachi last week - Pakistan's first Test match in 14 months. Team Manager Kuruppu said they had never before faced any security problems in Pakistan. "We were getting good security and there were no problems but these incidents were highly condemnable and our players are left shocked. "Cricket takes a back seat when such incidents happen," he said. Assistant coach Paul Farbrace told the BBC that they feared for their lives. There was a lot of shouting and people hitting the floor and when I got to the floor I realised that the blood that I could see was coming from me - luckily superficial wounds," Farbrace said. "You're just praying that one of the bullets doesn't hit you and somehow you get out of it. "At one point when the bus was stopped I heard a lot of shouting for the driver to move the bus. At that point you realise you're a sitting duck and anything can happen around you," he added. Sri Lanka's Sports Minister Gamini Lokuge received the team at the Bandaranaike International Airport, where security was tight. There has been no claim of responsibility for the attack, but some Sri Lankan officials feared a possible link with the military offensive against ethnic Tamil rebels in the island's north. The Sri Lankan team were airlifted from Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium by helicopter after the attack before flying out late Tuesday. President Mahinda Rajapakse sent a chartered jet to bring the team home immediately after they abandoned the second Test and the rest of their tour.