Broad vents anger at Pakistan security
Cricket match referee Chris Broad on Wednesday slammed the Pakistan
security forces for providing insufficient protection after he and
fellow officials came under fire during the terror attack in Lahore on
The van carrying Broad to the Gaddafi Stadium for the third Test
between Pakistan and Sri Lanka came under fire as gunmen aimed at the
nearby Sri Lanka team bus.
Ex-England batsman Broad, who said he’d expressed concerns for his
safety before the start of the tour, told a news conference here
Wednesday: “I am extremely angry at the Pakistani security forces.
“We were promised high level security and in our hour of need that
security vanished and they left us to be sitting ducks.”
He added: “I had an inkling before the Test match leg of the tour
that something might happen. I certainly didn’t think this was going to
“I raised my concerns with the ICC (International Cricket Council)
before the tour started and they passed on those concerns to the
Pakistan Cricket Board and they assured me through e-mail that all
security would be taken care of, presidential-style security. And
clearly that didn’t happen.
“When we were in the van we weren’t aware of what was going on
“But after the incident when you watch the TV pictures you can
clearly see the white van we were in, next to the ambulance in the
middle of a roundabout, with terrorists shooting into our van and past
our van and not a sign of a policeman anywhere.”
Broad, 51, has been praised for trying to protect severely injured
local umpire Ahsan Raza after the fourth official had been shot in a van
where the driver was killed by gunfire.
But Broad, clearly still shaken by events, stressed: “I am not a
“Ahsan Raza took a bullet to the stomach or chest - somewhere in the
spleen and lung region. I was lying behind him on the floor of the van
and there were bullets flying all around us.
“I only noticed he was injured when I saw a large pool of blood had
spilled on to the floor and out of the partially opened van door. I just
tried to put some pressure on the wound. He’s just an umpire who loves
“We all had the same feeling - we were just waiting for a bullet to
Sri Lanka’s tour was immediately called off after Tuesday’s attack
which left six police and two civilians dead with seven players and an
assistant coach sustaining injuries - and New Zealand subsequently
indicated it would call off its November tour of Pakistan.
Meanwhile, the ICC has raised doubts over whether the country can
still co-host the 2011 World Cup. And Broad, said the incident had the
capacity to sound the “death knell” for international cricket in
“They have a lot of very talented cricketers, and I feel sorry for
the cricketers and for the cricket-mad public of Pakistan,” said Broad,
the father of England fast bowler Stuart.
“But this is a bit of a death knell for cricket in Pakistan and I
feel sorry for those people. I can’t see it going on for the foreseeable
future. “Ijaz Butt, the chairman (of the Pakistan Cricket Board) has
come out and said that friends will come to Pakistan but I don’t think
they have any friends in world cricket that will go to Pakistan after
this has happened.
“Sri Lanka were a friendly country - they wanted to go, they wanted
to support Pakistan. I don’t think they will be going back and certainly
India, Australia, England, New Zealand, South Africa won’t be keen.”
Looking ahead, Broad said maybe the ICC would have to take more direct
responsibility for security arrangements rather than leaving matters to
“There are countries who have their own security experts,” he said.
“I know England have Reg Dickason from Australia.
“Reg Dickason didn’t think Pakistan was safe for anyone to go to. He
was amazed the Sri Lanka tour went ahead. But he’s not advising Sri
“Maybe there’s something for the ICC to look at - that they
themselves take the safety concerns into consideration and make the
Broad said his concerns were heightened by the recent ICC decision to
revert back to making England the winners of the 2006 Test at The Oval,
where Pakistan forfeited the match, having first changed the result to a
“It was off the back of the ICC meeting where the Oval Test match
result had changed, there had been a UN envoy that had been kidnapped in
Pakistan and, of course, the Champions Trophy had been taken away from
Pakistan,” he said.
“I just thought as an Englishman, particularly with the Oval Test
match, I just felt a little concerned for my own safety.
“But, as I said, I was assured by Zakir Khan, the director of cricket
operations in the PCB, that everything would be fine.
“I was there for the one-day series and everything went well.
“Once you get assurances from someone who’s actually living in the
country and knows the situation, it’s very difficult to change your view
on that and I went along with it.”