Wednesday 4 March 2009 

Chris Broad Talks Of Shock, Sadness And Anger

ICC Match Referee Chris Broad has arrived back in England and speaking at a news conference in Manchester, he spoke of his shock, sadness and anger following the terrorist attacks that he was caught up in Lahore.

He went on to express disappointment that the high levels of security that had been promised by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) failed them when he and his colleagues needed it most.

Eight people were killed and several others, including Sri Lankan players, injured as around 14 gunmen attacked a convoy that was transporting the Sri Lankan squad and match officials to the Gaddafi Stadium yesterday (March 3rd).

Broad, the match referee for the game in Lahore, described his shock at what had happened, his sadness that people were injured and killed, paying tribute to the driver of the bus he was in who was killed, and his anger at the level of security provided by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

"I have three emotions going thur my body at the moment," he said shortly after arriving at Manchester airport. "The first one is shock - shock at the events that have taken place over the last 24 hours. I, like many people, naively thought that there was no way that terrorists would attack cricket; unfortunately that has changed and cricket has to do something about it. We have to try to put that right.

"The other emotion is sadness. Clearly sadness for the injured and the killed in this incident, particularly sadness from my point of view for our driver, one of th loveliest men you could have ever wished to see. He always had a smile on his face. He was just doing his job, driving us to the cricket ground and he was murdered by people he didn't know.

"Clearly there's sadness for Abdul Sohail Khan, my liaison officer in Pakistan, he was hit by a bullet in the shoulder. And of course, the worst case was Ahsan Raza, our fourh umpire during this Test match who took a bullet. I was behind him on the floor of the van, bullets were flying all around us. I tried to comfort him, placed my hand on his back but he was clearly seriously injured.

Raza has reportedly had surgery on his injuries and is in a critical, but stable condition. Broad then went on to talk of how angry he was that the level of security promised by the PCB was not provided.

"My third emotion is anger. Anger at the Pakistani security forces. I had an inkling before this Test match leg of the tour that something might happen. I certainly didn't think that this was going to happen but I  raised my concerns with the ICC before the tour started. They passed on my concerns to the PCB and the PCB assured me that all security would be taken care of.

"When we were in the van we weren't aware of what was going on outside. After the incicent we were able to see television pictures - you can quite clearly see the white van we were in next to the ambulance in the middle of this roundabout with terrorists shooting past the van, soemtimes into our van, and not a sign of a policeman anywhere. They had clearly gone, left the scene, and left us to be sitting ducks.

"I am extremely angry that we were promised high-level security and in our hour of need that security vanished."

© Cricket World 2009

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