Taufel presents report on Lahore attack to Lorgat
SYDNEY: Umpire Simon Taufel presented a report to International Cricket Council CEO Haroon Lorgat on the recent attacks on Sri Lankan players in Lahore and sought a clarification from the ICC official who had urged umpires "to be more rational" in the wake of the March 3 strike.
"Haroon and I talked about the experience of Lahore, but more particularly we talked about the broader picture and what the ICC could do to deal with the issues involved," Taufel was quoted as saying by local daily.
"It''s got implications for how the ICC operates in future," said Taufel who believes the attack is symptomatic of how the game is managed today.
Despite finding himself in the middle of a terrorist attack in Pakistan last week, ICC Elite panel umpire said he is ready to tour the strife-torn nation in future.
Taufel said irrespective of the terror attack in Lahore, he still possesses a soft corner for Pakistan and hospitable citizens of that country.
"You can never say never," Taufel said when asked about the possibility of touring Pakistan in future.
"I`ve always had a genuine love for Pakistan and it`s been one of my favourite places to go. The people are warm and hospitable and I`d never had a bad experience until last week.”
"It`s a hypothetical question. For each tour you have to look at what`s best for the athlete and what`s best for the family," he added.
"We need to look at the lessons outside of that incident because what happened in Lahore is a symptom of how cricket is managed and operated.
"The whole issue of how cricket is run needs to be looked at by the (ICC) board and the chief executives of the 10 Test playing countries," Taufel said.