- guardian.co.uk, Tuesday 3 March 2009 16.51 GMT
Chris Broad, the match referee and former England batsman caught up in the terror attack on the Sri Lankan cricketers in Lahore today, is being hailed as a hero for his actions.
The 51-year-old emerged covered in blood after throwing himself on top of a wounded Pakistani colleague when gunfire raked the minibus the match officials were travelling in. The driver was killed in the attack.
Broad, along with Pakistani officials and the Australian umpires Simon Taufel and Steve Davis, was in the minibus behind the players' coach when the gunmen struck.
"It was horrifying. There were bullets flying around us and we didn't know what was happening," the Pakistani test umpire Nadeem Ghouri told Reuters news agency.
"When the firing started we all went down on the floor of the coach. Our driver was killed instantly from a shot from the front."
One of the local umpires, Ahsan Raza, was critically wounded. Broad, renowned as a player for his impetuous temperament, lay on top of him to protect him. "It was very brave," said Ghouri.
Broad, who had been due to referee the Test match, is the father of the current England bowler Stuart Broad. Their vehicle was eventually rescued by police who drove it away from the ambush scene to the Gaddafi stadium.
Hours after the attack, Broad was seen walking around in a bloodstained shirt. He was unhurt but clearly shaken by the attack. "From what we understand, he played a significant role in ensuring the fourth umpire was brought out to safety," the England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive, David Collier, told Sky Sports News.
"We don't know all the details yet but obviously Chris was caught up in the attack. Thank goodness he is safe and away from the area now."
Broad is understood to have phoned his wife in the early hours of the morning to break the news of the ambush and tell her he was unharmed.