November 23, 2008

Bangladesh fans lose their cool

ESPNcricinfo staff

The innings-and-129 run defeat to South Africa was not taken too well by Bangladeshi supporters in Bloemfontein. Bangladesh have had a dismal tour so far - they lost the ODIs 3-0 - and the fans lost their cool as the team boarded their bus on Saturday.

The Daily Star reported the players were greeted by abusive fans, and Mashrafe Mortaza, the vice-captain, lost his calm. He got into a verbal tiff with the supporters, and a few other players joined in. However, things were brought under control soon enough.

"They actually used abusive words and some of our players also reacted as they were also frustrated after the defeat. It's nothing so big," Mohammad Ashraful, the Bangladesh captain, said. "We watched the match sacrificing many things but it was frustrating the way they performed and some players' behaviour was also frustrating," said a supporter.

Mathew Varghese is sub-editor (stats) at Cricinfo

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