Fallout of the Lahore attack March 5, 2009

Pakistan board lodges formal complaint against Broad

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Ijaz Butt: It was 'a big lie that there were no policeman' © AFP
 
The Pakistan board has lodged a formal complaint with the ICC over comments made by match referee Chris Broad about the security in Lahore at the time of the terrorist attack last week.

Broad's comments have been endorsed by umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis, but they left PCB officials very angry. "I am angry at the Pakistani security forces," Broad told reporters 36 hours after the incident. "We were promised high level security and in our hour of need that security vanished and they left us to be sitting ducks."

The remarks were "unwarranted", PCB chief operating officer, Saleem Altaf, told AFP. "He should have given his reaction in the official match report rather than going public." He added that Ijaz Butt, the PCB chairman, had told the ICC it was "a big lie that there were no policeman".

The ICC is unlikely to take any action until the next executive board meeting in April when a number of those involved, including Broad, are likely to be asked to attend. Butt will also be there in his official capacity.

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  • Nampally on March 12, 2009, 16:16 GMT

    After such an Himalayan lapse in security, PCB are open to world wide criticism from cricket fans not just from Mr.Broad. ICC is just as guilty as the PCB in failing to ensure the "guaranteed safety" of the Visiting Cricketers, the Umpires & all involved administrators. ICC's role or rather lack of it, in this fiasco needs to be severly questioned. In fact the ICC board & PCB should resign immediately if they have any iota of concience in abdicating their responsibilities. Mr. Broad is 100% correct in reporting the facts. He & others in his bus were totally exposed after the Bus driver was shot dead. The bus was left at the mercy of the terrorists, who fortunately left the scene. Overwhelming proof of absence of security is confirmed by the fact that not a single terrorist was shot or arrested. If this is the "presedential level security", then the word "Security" needs to be redefined in the Oxford dictionary. PCB please stand up and be counted rather than reporting Mr.Broad to ICC.

  • Pinky-Rosey on March 12, 2009, 2:34 GMT

    "I am angry at the Pakistani security forces," Five of Pakistani police men gave there life just to protect these officials. Board could have at least respected them for there sacrifice.

  • kris_mg on March 10, 2009, 7:18 GMT

    Even if Broad may have been more caustic that he ought to (Actually I dont believe that either, he was perfectly in the right side), but even if he was not, He was the one under the fire dodging bullets.. The fact that bullets were allowed to rip through the mini bus they were traveling is witness to the fact that they were not given Presidential security as promised.. Butt is making things more dire to the nation of Pakistan since he seems to be in denial and give out the wrong messages.. This is stupid..

  • Sampdoria on March 10, 2009, 5:51 GMT

    PCB reflects exactly what Pakistani Politics and the Government have been doing over the years - instead of accepting there is a problem, they are chasing complete nonsensical issues & portraying themselves as "victims".

    I wonder how the PCB officials would be reacting if they had been in the bus in a similar incident in the UK. They'd be writing books by now!

    Well done PCB!

  • SimonSpliff on March 9, 2009, 18:24 GMT

    Regardless if Broad is letting emotion cloud his memory the PCB's sharp denial of any faults on their part is just going to alienate people further and make teams even less interested in touring. If it doesn't look like the PCB is going to learn from this and simply say that security was perfect it's only going to hurt Pakistan cricket further, which would be terrible.

  • OliverChettle on March 9, 2009, 18:16 GMT

    This is appalling behaviour and PR from an organisation that doesn't seem to understand that it depends on the goodwill of the rest of the cricketing world.

  • Roamer on March 9, 2009, 17:59 GMT

    I think they are right in complaining as to why Broad chose not to make any comments to the media when onedayers were taking place because of the reason that being an official he cannot make comments in the media !! then how come he is no more an official now ?!?! ... This question is valid and just like the players get reprimanded its about time that match officials should also be reprimanded.

    As for ICC why dont they invite the TENSPORTS broadcasting incharge in their ICC meeting as well?!?! I smell something fishy here because his point of view has been totally ignored ..... do remember he was the one who said after the attacks that security provided has been perfect and they feel very safe in Pakistan.

  • phar78 on March 9, 2009, 17:38 GMT

    PCB is completely gone mad.Why are they so upset about broad's comments,this is not an incident related on the cricket field.It is the life and death question of players and officials,obviously one will feel the pain who has gone through that situation.Mr Butt,try to be in his shoes and think whether you would control your emotions and officially complaint or blast the hosts in front of media.

  • fataquie on March 9, 2009, 16:54 GMT

    Mr. Butt is really the new Mr. Ashraf. Instead of lodging formal complain, Mr. Butt should take responsibility for the security lapse. I really that there were policemen who were killed in the incident and there could be no replacement for that. But the bottom line is that Mr. Butt, as the head of PCB, guaranteed Presidential level security and it was not provided. So either he takes responsibility or finds someone who takes responsibility. Actions speak louder than words and since 2006, unfortunately, we have been hearing only words from PCB. This has lead to tremendous lack of interest in the game in Pakistan.

  • Azfar on March 9, 2009, 16:08 GMT

    This will isolate Pak Cricket even further. Even if PCB felt Broad's comments are incorrect and unwarranted, they should have ignored it. At this time PCB's credibility is so low that public will prefer to beleive Broad even though he maybe exaggering the fact that security personnel fled the scene. Lodging a complaint to ICC appears like PCB is trying to coverup and deflect the attention from the huge security failure.

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