Broad should apologise to Pakistan, says coach Alam

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src='' class='caption'> Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam has urged the ICC to ask match referee Chris Broad to apologise to the nation for wrongly criticising the security arrangement

Updated: March 12, 2009 09:24 IST
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Pakistan coach Intikhab Alam has urged the International Cricket Council to ask match referee Chris Broad to apologise to the nation for wrongly criticising the security arrangement during last week's terror attack on the Sri Lankan team in Lahore.

Alam agreed with Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ezaj Butt, who also came hard on the English match referee for his remarks, and said Broad's comments were insulting and full of lies.

"How can he say such a thing when six policemen were killed trying to protect them and if security was inadequate how come such an incident has never happened before," Alam said.

"I was extremely hurt by Broad's comments coming at a time when Pakistan cricket needs to be supported. He should learn a lesson from Australian umpire Simon Taufel, who despite being caught in the attack, is still willing to come to Pakistan when situation improves," he added.

Broad had said there was no security for the visiting players and officials and that they were made to feel like "sitting ducks" by the policemen escorting them to Lahore's Gaddafi stadium during the terror attack.

Alam said while he could understand the emotional condition of Broad and other match officials after being caught in the ambush, he felt being an ICC match official one expected Broad to behave maturely and sensibly.

"You can't make wild allegations. You can't say we were left like sitting ducks. That is casting aspersions on Pakistan and Pakistanis. I don't accept that and I want the ICC to ensure Broad apologises to the national team and our countrymen," the former Test captain said.

The PCB has already lodged a complaint against Broad with the ICC for his comments.

Alam also said Broad's question as to why the Pakistan team didn't leave for the stadium along with the Sri Lankan side, hurt his players.

"We were also scared when we learnt about the incident. We are all human beings. But one does expect someone in Broad's position to be more mature and careful with his words," Alam said.

He also expressed hope that Pakistan cricket would soon be back on track and people would get over the Lahore incident.

"Definitely we must learn from it but I am confident our team and people can bounce back from the painful memories," he said.

He urged the Asian cricket playing nations to support Pakistan in this troubled time and try to understand that it was doing its best to keep cricket going in the country despite the volatile security situation.

"We need the support of India and other countries. Pakistan is an important part of the world cricket fraternity and should be supported. International cricket must return to Pakistan," he added.

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