Terrorist attack changed my life, says Taufel

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Published: Sunday, October 7, 2012, 11:53 [IST]
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Terrorist attack changed my life: Taufel

Colombo, Oct 7: Australia umpire Simon Taufel who will retire on Sunday, has revealed how his life and cricket changed after the 2009 terrorist attacks on Sri Lankan players in Pakistan.

While on their way for the Test at Gadaffi Stadium in Lahore, Sri Lanka team bus was attacked by terrorists which left seven players injured and eight dead.

Recalling that incident, Taufel, who will stand in his final international game tonight during the ICC World Twenty20 final at R Premadasa Stadium, said: "It (the incident) did change me personally and did change cricket. I think my family is happy seeing me sitting here. It was a difficult telephone call which I had with my wife that day."

Since then international cricket is yet to return to Pakistan. However, Taufel felt he would like to see the game back in Pakistan.

"We all would like cricket to be played in Pakistan sooner than later. It's certainly a place I have fond memories of and of the people and cricket played there. I have officiated a lot in Pakistan.

"It is important that we learn from experiences and we learnt a lot from that. The cricket that we see today is different, the security level we see these days for players, officials and venues, is more and people are more aware of those potential problems now. It's part of the reason that I am moving to a different role."


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