LAHORE: Pakistani police and cricket authorities on Wednesday slapped down international criticism that they provided poor security in Lahore where the Sri Lankan team was ambushed.

"It was precisely because of police valour and bravery that the Sri Lankan team and the international umpires survived," Lahore city police chief Habib-ur Rehman told a foreign news agency in response to general criticism.

In Britain on Wednesday, match referee Chris Broad slammed the Pakistan security forces for providing insufficient protection after he and fellow officials came under fire in the Lahore attack.

Six Pakistani policemen and two civilians were killed. Nineteen other people, including 10 policemen, were wounded.

"Police engaged the attackers for 30 minutes, laid down their lives but did not let the terrorists achieve their objective of killing the foreigners," Rehman said.

"I salute the police bravery and we have recommended the highest gallantry awards for these police officers who fought with highly trained, well prepared and organised terrorists," he added.

"VIP security was provided and a ranked officer was escorting the bus."