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LAHORE---Ahsan Raza is looking for-
ward to umpiring Pakistan s match
against Zimbabwe, putting behind him
the morning when he was shot twice in
an attack that slammed the door closed
on international cricket in Pakistan.
The 2009 ambush by gunmen on Sri
Lanka s team and match officials on their
way to Lahore s Gaddafi Stadium killed
six people and one of the bullets left Raza
with a damaged lung.
"I don t want to look back and recall
what happened six years ago, it was
dreadful," Raza told The Associated Press
yesterday. "It was not easy (to recover)
with so many stitches all around my
stomach and one of the bullets even dam-
aged my right lung."
The attack in this eastern Pakistani city
killed six police officers and brought a
sudden stop to international cricket in
the country, one of the world s leading
Raza was traveling in a small bus behind
the bus carrying Sri Lanka s team. That
bus was bravely driven through intense
gunfire to the protection of the Gaddafi
The smaller bus also came under
intense fire. It was carrying international
umpires Simon Taufel, Steve Davis and
match referee Chris Broad, as well as
Six years on and 40-year-old Raza
wants to forget that dreadful morning of
March 3. It took Raza nearly a year to
recover completely but he was back on
the field as umpire in 2010.
He has officiated in a number of Pak-
istan s international matches in the United
Arab Emirates over the last five years after
the Gulf country became Pakistan s
But Zimbabwe will revive international
cricket in Pakistan on Friday when the
limited-overs series begin with the first
The ICC has declined to send its match
officials for the series in Pakistan on the
security advice of its own experts,
although the games will have formal inter-
Raza has been chosen by the Pakistan
Cricket Board to officiate as an onfield
umpire in two Twenty20s and in one of
the three one-day internationals.
"It s never easy to convince people (to
come to Pakistan), but I am happy to live
with my family in my own country," Raza
said. "I m really feeling proud to be part
of the series and the credit goes to the
PCB, which worked hard to convince Zim-
Pakistan has promised VIP security to
the Zimbabwe team with armed personnel
travelling in a fleet of vans surrounding
the team bus during travel from hotel to
At least 4,000 policemen have been
assigned to protect the visitors.
Gaddafi Stadium, which is located
inside the Nishtar Park Sports Complex,
will host all five matches and resembled
a fort on Wednesday with hundreds of
policemen on duty around the 27,000-
And Raza hopes Pakistan will succeed
in showing the world that his country is
once again safe to organize international
matches, despite fears that terrorists will
seek to take advantage of attacking a for-
eign sports team again.
"We have waited for this event for six
years and I hope many more teams will
come after this series," he said.
Pakistan umpire wants
to forget 2009 attack
Pakistani cricket umpire Ahsan Raza, poses
for a photograph, on his way to stadium in
Lahore, Pakistan, yesterday. Ahsan Raza is
looking forward to umpiring Pakistan's
match against Zimbabwe, putting behind
him the morning when he was shot twice
in an attack that slammed the door closed
on international cricket in Pakistan. The
2009 ambush by gunmen on Sri Lanka's
team and match officials on their way to
Lahore's Gaddafi Stadium killed six people
and one of the bullets left Raza with a
damaged lung. AP PHOTO
NEW DELHI---ndia has recalled offspinner Harb-
hajan Singh for a one-off test against Bangladesh
next month, on a tour which will also feature three
The 34-year-old Harbhajan, who last played in a
home test series against Australia in March 2013, was
picked yesterday in the Virat Kohli-led side despite
limited success in first-class cricket this past season.
Harbhajan, who has 413 wickets from 101 tests,
finds himself in the team along with regular test off-
spinner Ravichandran Ashwin.
"Bangladesh has quite a few left-handers, so we
thought a second offspinner was needed," chief selector
Sandeep Patil said in Mumbai. "We discussed it with
captain Virat Kohli, and a decision was taken after
considering other options."
Bangladesh openers Tamim Iqbal and Imrul Kayes,
Shakib Al Hasan, Mominul Haque and Soumya Sarkar,
all left-handers, plundered runs during a recent home
series against Pakistan.
India frontline pace bowler Mohammad Shami was
not available for the tour because of a knee injury,
while left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja missed out.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who has retired from test
cricket, will lead the ODI squad.
The test will be at Fatullah from June 10-14, with
the ODIs scheduled at Mirpur on June 18, 21 and 24.
There are reserve days for the ODIs since the series
will be during the monsoon season.
India test squad: Murali Vijay, Shikhar Dhawan,
Virat Kohli (captain), Lokesh Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara,
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha,
Ravichandran Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh, Karn Sharma,
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Varun Aaron,
India ODI squad: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan,
Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Suresh Raina, Ambati
Rayudu, Mahendra Singh Dhoni (captain),
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel,
Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, Mohit Sharma,
Stuart Binny, Dhawal Kulkarni.
back in India
DHAKA---A Bangladesh court threw out sexual assault
charges filed by film actress Naznin Akhtar Happy
against national cricket team player Rubel Hossain, and
acquitted him yesterday.
A police report which found no proof of the charges
against Hossain was accepted by Dhaka s Fifth Women
and Child Repression Prevention Tribunal, which also
scrapped a "non-acceptance" plea by Happy. Both were
present in court.
Her lawyer, Tuhin Hawlader, said they would appeal
against the order in the High Court.
Happy said she and Hossain were in a relationship for
nine months last year, but he refused to marry her. She
filed a lawsuit against him in December, accusing him
of luring her into an affair with false promises of mar-
Last month, Hossain helped Bangladesh reach the
Cricket World Cup quarterfinals for the first time.
England caretaker coach
Paul Farbrace says it would be
"hard to say no" if he was
offered the job on a full-time
Farbrace, who was Peter
Moores assistant before the
former Lancashire coach was
sacked just over a week ago, is
in control for the two-Test
series against New Zealand
which starts on Thursday.
Asked if he fancied the top
job permanently, he said on
BBC Radio Five Live: "It would
wouldn t it? It really would.
"I ve got this chance to work
with the England team for this
series against New Zealand and
I m just going to give it a really
good go. I m going to enjoy it,
make the most of it, have a lot
of fun doing it and, if at the
end of it something happens,
great, if it doesn t, well, no
problem, but I will certainly
have enjoyed my time doing it."
Farbrace, who had a spell
coaching Sri Lanka last year
before becoming Moores num-
ber two, explained that the
England and Wales Cricket
Board s new director Andrew
Strauss had asked him to look
after the team and the 47-year-
old is keen to provide some sta-
bility after the upheaval of
He remains confident Eng-
land have enough quality within
their ranks, despite only man-
aging to draw their last series
against the West Indies, adding:
"I m really excited by the Test
match at Lord s.
"We think we ve got a very
good group of players, we think
we ve got a good side and we re
looking forward to the game."
Yorkshire head coach Jason
Gillespie is the favourite for the
England position, although told
BBC Sport it would take some
"persuading" to make him take
Farbrace claims it's hard
to say no to coaching job
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