Bayliss backs officials

Sri Lanka coach says those present "told the truth as they saw it"

Last Updated: 10/03/09 8:00am

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Bayliss: Not enough security

Bayliss: Not enough security

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Sri Lanka coach Trevor Bayliss has backed comments made by match officials Simon Taufel, Steve Davis and Chris Broad criticising security in the wake of the terror attack in Lahore.

"There are some big questions to be asked by the governing bodies of all the sports, not just cricket"
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Speaking upon his arrival back in England after the attack, in which the Sri Lankan team coach and a mini-bus carrying the match officials was ambushed by armed men, Broad said he and his colleagues had been abandoned and left like "sitting ducks".

The Pakistan Cricket Board later complained to the International Cricket Council (ICC) about Broad's comments.

Taufel and Davis echoed his sentiments when they arrived back in Australia, with ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat subsequently saying the umpires probably needed some time to think 'rationally' about what happened.

However, Bayliss has backed the match officials seven days after the attack, in which seven Pakistanis - six policemen and the driver of the bus carrying match officials - were killed and six Sri Lankan players and two team officials were injured.

"They told the truth as they saw it," Bayliss said. "There's probably a big difference between some of the comments that have been made between some of the people that weren't in that convoy to the ones sitting in the bus."


The Australian also expressed his belief that security was inadequate, both in comparison with the first Test in Karachi and when Sri Lanka had played Pakistan in an earlier one-day series.

"In hindsight there just wasn't enough security and... even the police chief and the security people have actually said there was a lack of security," he continued.

"In Karachi we had the small trucks out the front and some behind but we also had a truck either side of us with guys standing up through the roof with a fixed machine gun on either side.

"That wasn't there in Lahore so there was probably a little bit less in Lahore than in Karachi and definitely less than what was seen when we were there for the one-day series a month before."

Bayliss also sounded a warning for future sporting events on the sub-continent, in particular next year's Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

"There are some big questions to be asked by the governing bodies of all the sports, not just cricket," he added.

"I think this proves if cricket, which is the number one sport basically on the sub-continent, can get hit then any sport can get hit and especially any big sporting tournaments or the Commonwealth Games maybe."

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