Thursday 23 November 2017

Cricket: Bangladesh fans attack West Indies team bus

Steve Wilson

Bangladesh fans attacked West Indies' team bus as it left the ground in Mirpur, smashing a window and causing players to take evasive action.

Bangladesh were dismissed for 58 and lost their Group B match against West Indies by nine wickets in amid boos and protests from supporters. That anger spilled over as Darren Sammy's side made their way back to the team hotel.

A West Indies spokesman confirmed: "A couple of fans threw stones, two hit the window and it just broke. No one was hurt and we are safe."

But former captain Chris Gayle described a more dramatic version of events on Twitter.

“This is some bull****.....Bangladesh stoning our bus!!!" wrote Gayle. "Freaking glass Break!!! This is ****, can’t believe. what next bullets!!!! Kiss teeth.”

Minutes later he added: "This is ridiculous!!! Damn!!! W Cup with so many security an this happen!! Big Joke!!! Trust me I'm not keen here!!! Av players lay flat!!!

A police official said fans had mistaken the West Indies bus for that carrying the Bangladeshis. "The fans thought it was the Bangladeshi team bus and they hurled stones at it," said Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy commissioner of police in Dhaka. "The window panes were shattered, but no one was injured."

Bangladesh captain Shakib al Hasan earlier refused to criticise fans for booing his side.

Bangladesh, who had won three out of their last five one-day international matches against West Indies, were bundled out inside 19 overs for the lowest total ever made by a full member nation in World Cup history.

Bangladesh faced the ire of the crowd halfway through the match with some angry fans throwing placards and booing their team, but the home side captain played down the backlash.

“We batted poorly and [booing] is acceptable,” Shakib said. “[the fans] have been supporting us in the last two matches. Hopefully we will come back strongly.”

Bangladesh face England in the home team’s must-win match in Chittagong in a week’s time, and Shakib is hopeful of making the last eight despite languishing sixth in the points table.

“We have to win two out of the remaining three games. But it is very possible. We have to come back hard enough and do the right things.”

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