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Miandad calls for ban on Broad

world Updated: Mar 06, 2009 18:31 IST

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Former Pakistan skipper has sought a ban on ICC match referee Chris Broad for "making fun" of the security arrangements and trying to isolate Pakistan cricket in the wake of Tuesday's terror attack on the Sri Lanka team in Lahore.

Miandad, who attended a governing council meeting of the Pakistan Cricket Board to assess the situation arising from the terror attack in Lahore, has urged the Board to lodge a complaint against Broad, who was the match referee for the second Test, with the International Cricket Council.

"I made it clear at the meeting to the Chairman (Ejaz Butt) that we must demand a ban on Broad for his remarks which are aimed at isolating Pakistan cricket," the former director general of PCB said.

Broad, who was match referee for the ill-fated Lahore Test between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, drew the ire of the Pakistan cricket authorities when he criticised the security arrangements saying it had left them 'sitting ducks'.

Miandad felt Broad had violated the ICC's code of conduct for players and officials by going public with his views and making obnoxious and fabricated remarks about the security arrangements in Pakistan.

"When he came for the one-day series with Sri Lanka he was satisfied with the security. But despite my insistence then he had said he could not comment on the security publicly as the ICC didn't allow match officials to give statements.

"Yet he had no problems making fun of the security and our brave policemen at a news conference on returning home," Miandad said.

Former PCB chairman Lt General (retd) Tauqir Zia also criticised Broad's statement and said he should be boycotted by Pakistan wherever it plays international cricket.

"He has tried to damage Pakistan cricket's image with his criticism about the security arrangements. How can he make these remarks when six policemen lost their lives trying to protect the visiting team and officials," Zia asked.

The council members agreed with Miandad that the PCB should lodge a complaint with the ICC against Broad while also deciding to enhance the life insurance coverage for the players following the terror attack.

The governing council was briefed by PCB chairman Butt about the security arrangements put into place for the Sri Lankan team and the probe being carried out after the attack.

He told the members that investigations were being carried out by separate agencies to determine if there had been any security lapse.

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