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Murali hints at insider role

cricket Updated: Mar 06, 2009 00:41 IST
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Sri Lanka spinner Muttiah Muralitharan hit out at the security arrangements in Pakistan and suspected militants had inside information about their movement.

“Somehow in this incident there were no police with guns on the bus,” the 36-year-old off-spinner said.

“If someone was there with a gun we would have had a chance of defending ourselves,” he said.

“Normally, all the buses go and we have four or five escorts,” Murali said, revealing his anguish that there could have been inside information about the Sri Lankan team's bus route to the Gaddafi Stadium.

“We left at 8.30 am, and Younis Khan (with the Pakistan team) at 8.35 am. We divided into two, maybe they knew the information for the right time. They tried to shoot the driver. Then they were shooting both sides of the bus and they counted 39 holes,” he told Radio 5AA in an interview.

‘We were abandoned’

Sydney: Traumatised after surviving the deadly terror attack, Australian umpire Simon Taufel lambasted Pakistan's security staff, saying they left the match officials to fend for themselves in the war-like situation.

“You tell me why no one was caught? You tell me why? Supposedly, 25 armed commandos were in our convoy, and when the team bus got going again, we were left on our own,” an angry Taufel told reporters on his return.

“I don't have answers to those questions. I'm angry that we were isolated. I'm angry that we didn't get the same level of security that the players got. I'm angry that in our hour of need we were left on our own. I'm angry that the team got to the ground and no one came back for us,” he said.

Steve Davis, another Australian umpire who was in the attacked convoy and returned with Taufel, also said that the security staff abandoned the match officials.

‘Broad’s remarks untrue’

Lahore: The Pakistan Cricket Board has said it will lodge a protest with the International Cricket Council over the remarks made by match referee Chris Broad criticising security following Tuesday's attack.

“It is very unfortunate what he has said,” PCB chairman, Ejaz Butt, said on Thursday. “All he has said is totally untrue and fabricated.”