Windies blast Lorgat for ‘pebble’ quote
West Indies coach Ottis Gibson blasted the International Cricket Council (ICC) chief executive Haroon Lorgat on Sunday for terming the stoning of their team bus in Dhaka as minor.
The Caribbean coach was visibly upset at the response of the ICC boss, a day after the West Indies team bus was attacked in Mirpur, after Bangladesh batsmen had caved in and suffered a humiliating defeat.
Gibson said Lorgat can’t sit in a hotel in Chennai and make such ridiculous statements.
“I just want to make it clear and just remind Lorgat of his responsibility. He can't just sit in a hotel room and say that they were pebbles. And I can assure that what we heard and saw hitting the bus that day were not pebbles,” he told a news conference.
Lorgat, on Saturday, had tried to play down the incident saying it was just a few individuals who threw pebbles at the bus.
“Lorgat has the responsibility to be careful about what he says in this situation,” Gibson said.
Giving details of what happened that day, Gibson said a lot of people were lined up on the street as the bus was moving towards the hotel.
“As many of the players in our squad are new to this part of the world they were looking outside and some were even clicking pictures when the stones were thrown,” he said. “Most of the players ducked and thankfully none of the stones came inside.”
After they boarded the bus, some security officials told them to draw the curtains while others advised they keep them open. “We were finally told to keep the curtains open. This might suggest that security thought something might happen. But there were lot of police around the bus and still this happened,” he said.
On media reports suggesting disgruntled fans mistook the West Indies bus for the Bangladesh vehicle, Gibson said he had no idea.
“We don't know whether that was deliberate or fans thought it was a Bangladesh bus. The fact is that this should not have happened, whether it is our bus or their bus,” Gibson said.
He said the Bangladesh Cricket Board president apologised immediately to the West Indies team management after the incident.