Wounded umpire Ahsan Raza recovering

LAHORE: Umpire Ahsan Raza was fast recovering Thursday after undergoing major surgery for serious bullet injuries during an attack on Sri Lanka''s cricketers, a family member said.

The 34-year-old Raza, who was reserve umpire for the abandoned second Test between Pakistan and Sri Lanka, was behind the team bus when gunmen attacked
the entourage in Lahore on Tuesday.

He was travelling with Simon Taufel and Steve Davis -- Australians who were field umpires of the match -- and umpire Nadeem Ghouri and umpires'' manager Abdul Sami. Their driver was killed.

"Raza is fast recovering," his elder brother Mohsin Raza told reporters.

Raza was hit in the back by a bullet that seriously injured his lungs and liver, and underwent two major operations. Raza played 21 first class matches as a talented wicket keeper who also used to bat lower in the order.