`I hit the floor of the van, recalls Oz umpire for Pak-Sri Lanka Test

March 4th, 2009 - 2:46 pm ICT by ANI  

Lahore, Mar.4 (ANI): Australian cricket umpire Steve Davis said that he immediately hit the floor of the van he was traveling in when the terrorists attacked the convoy carrying the Sri Lankan cricket team to Lahores Gaddafi Stadium.
Davis said that he thought the shots were firecrackers at first, but when gunmen opened fire on his van, killing the driver and seriously wounding two others, he hit the floor.
“We heard what sounded like fire crackers and popping off and we realized it was something a bit more serious so we all hit the floor of our van,” The Courier Mail quoted Davis as telling ABC Radio. “We had come to a halt behind the Sri Lankan bus. It seemed like ages but we were pelted with bullets and the windows started smashing in. Our driver was shot dead. Our liaison officer was sitting next to the driver was wounded in the shoulder and he got to the floor,” he added.
Davis was travelling with another Australian umpire Simon Taufel, and both quickly realized how serious the situation was.
“Unfortunately our fourth umpire, the reserve, a Pakistan umpire, was hit while he was laying on the floor, through the lung and the spleen and he is in a critical condition having had surgery,” he said.
Former Australian test cricketer and Pakistan cricket coach Geoff Lawson said there won”t be any cricket played in Pakistan in the forseeable future. Speaking from Johannesburg, Lawson said his experience of Pakistan had been “a very positive one”.
“I don”t think there”ll be cricket from anyone in Pakistan in the forseeable future. Certainly The World Cup in two years…will have to be non existent,” he added. (ANI)

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