SYDNEY, March 5, 2009 (AFP) – Australian cricket umpire Steve Davis slammed Pakistan on Thursday for failing to protect him and other officials who came under fire during the attack earlier this week on Sri Lanka’s cricket team. “The driver’s foot was lodged on the accelerator and it was revving at a million miles an hour,” he said.
“Eventually a police officer came from somewhere, dragged the driver’s body out, and drove us at top speed to the stadium.”
Davis said he needed time to think through his shattering experience.
“I try to think what my feelings were and I don’t know,” he said.
“I think I’m still numb. I’m fully expecting to crash at some stage but not in front of you people, I hope.
“I don’t know — anger, amazement, how could this happen? I don’t know.”
Sri Lanka’s tour was abandoned immediately after Tuesday’s attack and New Zealand has indicated it will call off its November tour of Pakistan.
The comments by Davis came one day after match referee Chris Broad said Pakistan had not provided adequate protection for the team and the officials in the eastern city of Lahore, where gunmen opened fire on them in broad daylight.
Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed