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Windies bus attacked by frustrated Bangladesh fans

cricket Updated: Mar 05, 2011 00:34 IST
Nilankur Das
Nilankur Das
Hindustan Times
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“This is ridiculous!!! Damn! WCup with so many security an this happen! Big Joke!! Trust me I’m not keen here! Av players lay flat!!! This is some bullshit..... Bangladesh stoning our bus!!! Freaking glass Break!!! This is crap, can’t believe… what next bullets!!!! Kiss teeth.” This was Chris Gayle on his Twitter soon after the West Indies team bus left the Sher-e Bangla stadium for the hotel.

The incident happened just three minutes after the convoy of two team buses, a spare bus and security cars left the stadium.

“We left the ground (and) a couple of stones did hit our window. Two windows were cracked, but not shattered. Both teams are back at the hotel and are safe,” West Indies media manager Philip Spooner told HT after West Indies beat Bangladesh by nine wickets, the match lasting just 31.1 overs.

“Our manager (Richie Richardson) will notify the respective boards and the ICC. There is no panic, everybody is fine,” Spooner added.

“It happened when there was a sudden power cut in the area. I think the fans mistook it for the Bangladesh team bus,” Deputy commissioner of Police Imtiaz Ahmed confirmed to HT. The Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mustafa Kamal apologised for the incident. “This is not good for the game, the police are investigating the matter,” he said.

That frustration was mounting in the stands as the Bangladesh innings was drawing to a close. The moment the last wicket fell, the placards started raining in from the stands and made a dump-yard of the area near the ropes.

Things did not look good outside either. Students of the Dhaka University lit bonfires of the posters and banners they carried to support the team.

And even while the West Indies squad was busy playing football after an early end to the match, reports of angry mob taking to the streets and attacking cars and tearing down the national flag were coming in.

The ICC, though, has played down the incident.