Broad's comments fabricated, says PCB

Updated: 05 March 2009 14:38 IST

PCB Chairman Ejaz Butt accused ICC Match Referee Chris Broad of making "fabricated, untrue and obnoxious" remarks about the security for the Lanka tea

Broad's comments fabricated, says PCB

Lahore:

Pakistan Cricket Board Chairman Ejaz Butt on Thursday accused ICC Match Referee Chris Broad of making "fabricated, untrue and obnoxious" remarks about the security arrangements for the Sri Lanka team and said they would lodge a complaint with the game's world governing body.

"What he has said about the security is untrue and fabricated. Broad has made obnoxious comments," Butt told reporters here today.

Broad, who was match referee for the ill-fated second and final Test when terrorists attacked Sri Lanka cricketers and also a convoy carrying match officials to the Gaddafi stadium, had said lack of adequate security made them feel like "sitting ducks" when the attack happened.

He also said that security was not of presidential level as was promised by the PCB.

Butt also said the Board would "lodge a complaint with the ICC" regarding Broad's comments and added that two investigations were being carried out to find out if security had been lax for the visiting players and officials.

Butt also insisted security provided to the Sri Lankans was the same as was accorded to them during the one-day series in January.

"Broad himself had praised the security arrangements when he came for the one-day series," Butt said.

Butt wondered how the former English cricketer could make such a statement when seven policemen had been killed and ten injured trying to protect the players and match officials. "A police commando lay on Broad to protect him and suffered injuries.

"I don't want to use the language I would like to use for him. Even in the past Broad had sent back a security personnel sent to the airport to receive him and then complained to the ICC that security was not provided to him," he claimed.

Butt also said the Board would "lodge a complaint with the ICC" regarding Broad's comments and added that two investigations were being carried out to find out if security had been lax for the visiting players and officials.

"I don't want to comment if there were any problems with the security. It would be premature. But this is the responsibility of the government and police authorities and if investigations show that the Standard Operating Procedure for the visitors was not followed, we will point fingers at responsible people," said Butt.

The PCB Chairman said the Board had played its role in coordinating with the authorities and providing all logistical support to the visiting team and match officials.

"But it is not the direct responsibility of the Board to provide security to teams," Butt said.

He also claimed new security measures were being considered for the future like using bullet proof vehicles for visiting teams.

"This is a very expensive procedure but we have a local company which has offered to make bullet proof vehicles for us," he said.

The PCB Chief said the Board gives security assurances to visiting teams and officials only after consultation with the government. He also felt given the prevalent scenario in the country, no team would visit Pakistan in the next six to 12 months.



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