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Reporter: Emily Bourke

ELEANOR HALL: As allegations surface that Pakistan's police received advanced warning of a
terrorist incident this week, survivors of the attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team want to know
why they were left so exposed.

One of those caught in the strike on the cricket convoy says that during the ordeal in Lahore he
felt like a 'sitting duck'. Almost 48 hours after the brazen attack by masked gunmen, more
eyewitness accounts are emerging, along with more anger and more questions.

Emily Bourke has our report.

EMILY BOURKE: Two days after the commando-style assault in Lahore, Pakistani security forces are
coming under intense criticism.

It's been reported that a letter dated the 22nd of January was sent to a local Punjabi police chief
with details of a planned attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team either at their hotel or somewhere
between the hotel and sports stadium.

Political instability and recent changes to officials and the ranks of senior police have been
blamed for the lack of preventative action. Islamabad has dismissed accusations of any negligence.

But after being promised 'presidential-style' security, the International Cricket Council's match
referee Chris Broad is furious.

CHRIS BROAD: After the incident and we were able to see television pictures, you can quite clearly
see the white van that we were in next to the ambulance, the white ambulance, in the middle of this
roundabout with terrorists shooting past our van, sometimes into our van, and not a sign of a
policeman anywhere. They had clearly gone, left the scene and left us to be sitting ducks.

EMILY BOURKE: Also in his convoy Australian umpire Simon Taufel who arrived at Sydney airport this
morning with questions of his own.

SIMON TAUFEL: 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.

Obviously they'll investigate those issues. What I can tell you this morning is that we were
isolated, we were left alone, we were unaccounted for. We were not given the same security and the
same attention as the playing staff were.

EMILY BOURKE: The driver for the officials and umpires was shot dead and their eventual escape from
the scene turned into high farce. A police officer scrambled into their minibus but he didn't know
how to drive and it took several more minutes amid the gunfire before another person climbed into
the driver's cabin and drove their van away.

Simon Taufel again:

SIMON TAUFEL: We hit a checkpoint and the thoughts that went through my mind were such that we were
probably going to be targeted as possible terrorists ourselves. We were actually coming after the
van. We're coming to the ground. We're racing through the streets and we might actually attract
more gunfire.

Thankfully that didn't happen but we got to the ground and they wouldn't let us in the ground. They
stopped us outside the gate. The van door opened. We started to get out of the van. They opened up
the front gates to the ground. We all just ran out of the van and into the pavilion. And we walked
into the umpires' room, or ran to the umpires' room. Basically gave each other a bit of a hug, sort
of didn't want to leave the room for a good hour or so.

EMILY BOURKE: His colleague, and fellow Australian, umpire Steve Davis arrived in Melbourne this
morning similarly shocked at the security response.

STEVE DAVIS: There's a bit of anger there that, you know, we were let down. We had all sorts of
assurances before. And I'm sure the team feels that way too. They had some assurances. And despite
all that, this was still able to happen and we were put in a very vulnerable position and felt very
helpless. So there's a mixture of anger and what if, what could have been.

EMILY BOURKE: There have also been questions about whether the gunmen had inside information about
the security arrangements.

Sri Lankan spin bowler Muttiah Muralitharan (*see editor's note) told commercial radio in Adelaide
about his suspicions.

MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN: But somehow in this incident there was not many people sometimes the police
were in the bus, also two people are staying at the gun. Because if someone there with a gun we
have the chance of defending ourselves...

RADIO PRESENTER: So the police didn't have guns?

MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN: No police were in the bus, inside, this time when we went.

EMILY BOURKE: The umpires and the Sri Lankan team want to know why the Pakistani team changed its
departure time that day.

MUTTIAH MURALITHARAN: What happened was we left at 8.30. So Yunus Khan has said they are going at
8.35, five minutes later. We saw the two escorts. We got one escort and they had one escort.
Normally all of the buses go, about four, five escorts go. So they divided into two and maybe they
would have well known information and everything.

EMILY BOURKE: That five-minute delay has also been playing on Simon Taufel's mind.

SIMON TAUFEL: We were told they wouldn't target the players, that they wouldn't target the
sub-continent team. There are a lot of questions. I mean the first two days both team buses left at
the same time. The third day the Pakistan team bus leaves five minutes after the Sri Lankan one.
Why did that happen? I don't know the answer to that question.

Would they have attacked both buses at the same time? I don't know. You know, we can speculate as
much as we like. I've just got to deal with the facts in front of me and the fact that, you know,
I'm quite lucky to be here and see my kids and wife again and you know have an opportunity of still
participating in the game of cricket.

ELEANOR HALL: That's Australian umpire Simon Taufel ending that report by Emily Bourke.

*Editor's note: Transcript amended on 05/03/09 to correct Muttiah Muralitharan's name.