Ban Broad, urges Miandad
Pakistan's Javed Miandad wants Chris Broad banned for life by the ICC for his outspoken comments.
Last Updated: 06/03/09 8:17am
Former Pakistan captain Javed Miandad wants Chris Broad to be banned for life by the International Cricket Council following his comments on the terrorist attack in Lahore.
Broad, along with umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis, heavily criticised Pakistan's security forces for their actions during the terrorist attack.
ICC referee Broad and the match officials were part of a convoy heading to the Gaddafi Stadium for the second Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan when gunman launched their assault.
And while the Sri Lanka team were able to get to the ground, Broad had claimed the officials were left like "sitting ducks".
Eight people died in the attack, with several members of the Sri Lanka squad and the fourth umpire injured, but former director-general of the Pakistan Cricket Board Miandad is now urging cricket's governing body to act decisively over Broad's very public reaction.
"I will urge the ICC to impose a life ban on Broad as he, being the official, has no right to make such remarks in public," Miandad told The Dawn.
"When I was head of the organising committee for the two one-day internationals between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in Karachi, Broad was very impressed with the security arrangements.
"But when I asked him to express his views before the media, he refused, saying he was not allowed to comment on security to the media but could only write to the ICC about it.
"But now by speaking to the media on the Lahore attack, I believe Broad has pleased a lobby and the ICC should take strict action against him."
Pakistan cricket chief Ijaz Butt has lodged an official complaint with the ICC and former Pakistan opener Aamir Sohail agrees with Miandad.
"Such negative remarks from an ICC match referee on the security measures will serve no purpose as the entire world has seen that our security officials sacrificed their lives to protect all foreigners," Sohail said.
"Pakistan needs the support of the whole world and statements such as given by Broad are not needed by us."