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PCB unhappy with Broad's comments

THE PCB is to lodge a protest with the International Cricket Council over remarks made by match referee Chris Broad criticizing security following Tuesday's attack on the Sri Lanka team bus in Lahore.

"It is very unfortunate what he has said," Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ejaz Butt said yesterday. "All (that) he has said is totally untrue and fabricated."

Former England player Broad, travelling behind the team in a another bus, said he and colleagues were left like "sitting ducks" due to the lack of security during the attack. Six Sri Lankan players and their assistant coach were injured in the incident and seven Pakistanis, including six police, were killed.

"Broad has made some obnoxious comments," Butt said. "How can he say there was no security... policemen lost their lives and 10 were injured trying to protect the players and officials. The team and officials got the same security which was given to them during the one-day series in January. Broad himself praised the security arrangements then."

Former England bowler Dominic Cork was also caught up in the incident. "If Ejaz Butt believes that security was enough at an international sports event then he's wrong and he should live and die by the words he's come out with," Cork told Sky Sports News. "Ejaz Butt is completely and utterly out of order."

Two Australian umpires also slammed the security arrangements. Steve Davis and Simon Taufel claimed they were abandoned by Pakistan security forces when a dozen gunmen opened fire on them.

"In our hour of need we were left on our own," Taufel told reporters on arrival in Sydney yesterday. "I'm angry that we were isolated. I'm angry that we didn't get the same level of security that the players got."

Davis said the match officials had been promised high-level protection but security forces left them to fend for themselves after rushing to the aid of the players. "We were certainly left without any security in our van when we were being fired upon," Davis said at Melbourne airport. "The security obviously went with the Sri Lankan bus. When they managed to get away, we were left there and no one came back for us."

The driver of their van killed, leaving the officials stranded in the crossfire as they were unable to follow the team bus into the stadium.

"The driver's foot was lodged on the accelerator and it was revving at a million miles an hour," Davis said. "Eventually a police officer came from somewhere, dragged the driver's body out, and drove us at top speed to the stadium."


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