Broad - Dad is heartbroken

Match referee in state of shock following deadly attack

Last Updated: 03/03/09 7:22pm

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Broad: Saddened by attacks

Broad: Saddened by attacks

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England pace bowler Stuart Broad revealed his dad Chris has been left "heartbroken" following the terrorist attack in Lahore.

"I think three out of four people in his car have suffered injuries or been killed so it's pretty heartbreaking for him."
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Chris Broad, who was the match referee for the second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, was in the same vehicle as a driver who was shot dead and fourth umpire Ashan Raza, who was hospitalised.

ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat confirmed Raza was in a critical condition after being shot in the back during the attack.

Chris Broad has since been safely escorted out of Pakistan, however Stuart admits his father is, understandably, in a fragile condition.

Safe and well

"I spoke to him in the early hours of this morning and obviously he is very shook up by the incident," Broad told Sky Sports News.

"I think three out of four people in his car have suffered injuries or been killed so it's pretty heartbreaking for him.

"Our condolences go out to the families and loved ones who have lost people in the incident.

"He got safely out of Pakistan and to Abu Dhabi. He is obviously still very shook up by the incident but he's safe and well and looking forward to getting back to the UK."

The 22-year-old Broad was amongst England's touring squad when the one-day series in India was abandoned following the Mumbai bombings in November 2008.

And the Nottinghamshire paceman, who is currently in the Caribbean preparing for the fifth and final Test match against the West Indies, admitted his relief that none of Sri Lanka's touring party were seriously injured.

Tragedy

"It's a dreadful thing to have happened to the Sri Lankan team," he said.

"Luckily none of them have got seriously injured, they have escaped ok. We all feel for them because we can obviously relate to the situation."

England and Wales Cricket Board managing director Hugh Morris labelled the events in Lahore as a "tragedy".

"Fairly recently we were due to go and play an ICC trophy competition there and clearly the security advice was for us not to go there," he said.

"We always say that the safety and security of his players is of paramount importance and I'm sure always will be.

"It's a tragedy for cricket today and for Pakistan in general.

"We constantly review our security advice and they have become an integral part of our support team."

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