Sidharth Monga at the 2011 World Cup March 5, 2011

Fans' flowers can't mask the bigger picture

As promised last night, hundreds of Bangladeshis gathered outside the team hotel in Dhaka on Saturday to apologise to the cricketers for the actions of some “fans” – for want of a better word
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As promised last night, hundreds of Bangladeshis gathered outside the team hotel in Dhaka on Saturday to apologise to the cricketers for the actions of some “fans” – for want of a better word. Stones were thrown at the team buses last night, there were reports of rioting in the Dhaka University area and of an attack on the house of Shakib Al Hasan’s parents.

This morning the other side of the Bangladesh cricket fan emerged, a side I still believe to be more representative of the average fan. I was not there to see it – I had an early-morning bus to Chittagong – but the reports are reassuring. People arrived there early in the morning with flowers, with placards apologising not only to the West Indies cricketers but the Bangladeshis too.

I never doubted this side of the Bangladeshis. Often at the end of rickshaw rides or CNG [auto-rickshaw] rides in Dhaka, I have seen people try to overhear how much money I, their “guest”, am paying, to make sure I am not being ripped off. I can only imagine they have been just as hospitable to other travellers.

However, no amount of good behaviour, no amount of apologising can make up for what happened last night. For the most important issue right now is not the image of the Bangladeshi fan. It’s that there was a security breach last night and no authority right now is ready to acknowledge it. It’s that last night Chris Gayle felt unsafe in the country. That he wondered how, if those responsible for security couldn’t keep stones away, they would keep bullets away. When your house is robbed, you don’t debate the robbers’ moral make-up, you think of how you could have protected your house better.

The incident has evoked reactions from the three main parties: the police, BCB and ICC. All three reactions have been shoddy. The police, for some reason, thought that they needed to stress that the people were attacking their own countrymen, not the visitors, and that it was a case of mistaken identity. Not only is that version not accurate – ESPNcricinfo learned later in the night that both buses were hit and there wasn’t much to tell one bus from the other – but it beggared belief how attacking Bangladesh players can be seen as a smaller security failure than attacking the West Indians.

Mustafa Kamal, the BCB president, issued an apology but did not concede to the incident being a security failure. His version was that the stones came from “far away from the main road”. How reassuring to the players who genuinely felt they were in danger. How reassuring that only troublemakers on the main road can be taken care of, not those immediately beyond.

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, seems to have gone a step further. “It was a few individuals who threw pebbles at the bus, and they were pebbles,” he said. Pebbles don’t crack bulletproof glasses – something the West Indies media manager confirmed to ESPNcricinfo - do they?

It is understandable that the establishment doesn’t want to create panic, and wants to play down the whole thing. It is also hoped that their actual reaction to all this will be different from the statements they are making in public. For the moment, how about not making it sound like nothing happened?

Sidharth Monga is an assistant editor at ESPNcricinfo

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • romanpears on March 31, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    I see whole lot of dirty comments.some geniuses were referring to Calcutta incident,No body thrown pebbles on the players ,angry crowd was evacuated .One of the idiot was referring to mumbai incident ,it was attack by terrorist not by some average citizen.Get a life...

  • shan on March 15, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Mr. Monga, tour diaries are meant to provide facts and stories & background of the touring cities..rather criticizing the city or the country always. I am not from B'desh, but I was really proud to see the B'deshi fans to apologise for that.Its a great lesson for us Indian also.I think, u need to to re-brush ur lesson of Journalism before coverng the story. journalists have some basic legacy and responsibility to be carried and not to overreact to get some cheap paycheck (for which u can go 4 the stupid Reality show)!!Lastly, nobody is curious to Follow what Gayle is Twitting, as he is more inreseted in Dancing rather than batting..Let him show his powress with India on next Sunday !!!!

  • Mushfiq on March 11, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    my comment, apparently, was too critical of mr. monga's writing for cricinfo's filters. however, another commenter who has labelled "indian hindus" and "bangalees" with very colourful name, has not had his comment moderated. go figure !

    its just sad that mr. monga has not been able to see the REAL big picture out there. thousands of fans apologising to chris gayle - not a big issue ?!? the man didn't even acknowledge the apology. its just sad that he, coming from WI where there have been past incidents of pitch-invasion and such things, did not give a damn about the apology of so many fans, despite having tweeted the attack straightaway ! the gracious cricketer would surely reflect on both sides of the coin, not just the uglier one.

    yes, once again, as a bangladeshi, my apologies remain. however, cricinfo would be a better place if sidhharth monga would drop his antagonistic tone against BD.

    and if they moderated their comments better.

  • SaintBD on March 10, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    NOBODY IN THE WORLD .... NO SECURITY AGENCY can STOP THIS KIND OF ATTACK.

    Security people focus their energy and emphasis on REAL harmful threats, like Bombs, Gun Fire etc. They do not even think of stone (Or pebble) throwing incidents.

    Lets not forget, some of the world's most protected individuals were subjected to shoe throwing including a US President.

    THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS KIND OF ATTACK IS TO HAVE A "CURFEW" IN EFFECT AND THEN ORDER EVERY ROOF TO BE EMPTIED, EVERY DOOR AND WINDOW TO BE SHUT THROUGHOUT THE ROUTE THE PLAYERS WILL TAKE. THIS IS BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME LUNATICS IN EVERY COUNTRY.

  • Kamrul on March 10, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Mr. Monga, what it seems you are trying to rectify an unfortunate incident to a disaster. Your view toward people and toward a nation need to be changed. What u think police should make people halt and make thousand of fans hands up when bus were passing them? We know our people and I can assure all concerned that nothing serious gonna happen. Mr. Monga: Thumbs down.

  • Jim on March 10, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    The time I saw the title of the blog, I was depressed. Hundreds of people out of their living bought flowers and stood outside the hotel very early in the morning and said Sorry. If we say that it can't mask the bigger picture, we are the ones who are doing such horrible mistake. It's agreed that Sid's points are perfect in the article but the title is so misleading that it raises doubts whether the title was made up to evoke emotions among the online readers. One commenter here has raised a very valid point. Did Chris Gayle thanked the fans who said sorry? Why did he just spit out only expletives when the incident happened? In spite of being a celebrity, he acted so cheap. Why don't we forgive few fans who acted cheaply out of their emotion. Both Chris Gayle and these fans acted the same way. Does Chris Gayle apologize for his bad words and his theatrics, or at least thank the good fans of the country?

  • shaun on March 8, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    My problem is not with the actual incident, as I can understand the reaction of the fans. My problem is with the comments of the CEO of ICC. How is heavens name can he make a comment like that. roll back time four years and imagine something like that happening in the west indies and it wound have been a BIG PROBLEM for west indies.

  • shaun on March 8, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    My problem is not with the actual incident, as I can understand the reaction of the fans. My problem is with the comments of the CEO of ICC. How is heavens name can he make a comment like that. roll back time four years and imagine something like that happening in the west indies and it wound have been a BIG PROBLEM for west indies.

  • Khan_Pakistan on March 8, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    when South African Cricket fans threw empty bottles on Indian Bowler Srisant and SA captain apologized for the incident.....

  • 5_Year_itch on March 8, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    The writers thoughts are not unwarranted. Well BD seems to be catching up with the Pakistanis, I just hope they are always as poor as now, to not afford a Gun !!

  • romanpears on March 31, 2011, 5:15 GMT

    I see whole lot of dirty comments.some geniuses were referring to Calcutta incident,No body thrown pebbles on the players ,angry crowd was evacuated .One of the idiot was referring to mumbai incident ,it was attack by terrorist not by some average citizen.Get a life...

  • shan on March 15, 2011, 7:42 GMT

    Mr. Monga, tour diaries are meant to provide facts and stories & background of the touring cities..rather criticizing the city or the country always. I am not from B'desh, but I was really proud to see the B'deshi fans to apologise for that.Its a great lesson for us Indian also.I think, u need to to re-brush ur lesson of Journalism before coverng the story. journalists have some basic legacy and responsibility to be carried and not to overreact to get some cheap paycheck (for which u can go 4 the stupid Reality show)!!Lastly, nobody is curious to Follow what Gayle is Twitting, as he is more inreseted in Dancing rather than batting..Let him show his powress with India on next Sunday !!!!

  • Mushfiq on March 11, 2011, 7:25 GMT

    my comment, apparently, was too critical of mr. monga's writing for cricinfo's filters. however, another commenter who has labelled "indian hindus" and "bangalees" with very colourful name, has not had his comment moderated. go figure !

    its just sad that mr. monga has not been able to see the REAL big picture out there. thousands of fans apologising to chris gayle - not a big issue ?!? the man didn't even acknowledge the apology. its just sad that he, coming from WI where there have been past incidents of pitch-invasion and such things, did not give a damn about the apology of so many fans, despite having tweeted the attack straightaway ! the gracious cricketer would surely reflect on both sides of the coin, not just the uglier one.

    yes, once again, as a bangladeshi, my apologies remain. however, cricinfo would be a better place if sidhharth monga would drop his antagonistic tone against BD.

    and if they moderated their comments better.

  • SaintBD on March 10, 2011, 10:01 GMT

    NOBODY IN THE WORLD .... NO SECURITY AGENCY can STOP THIS KIND OF ATTACK.

    Security people focus their energy and emphasis on REAL harmful threats, like Bombs, Gun Fire etc. They do not even think of stone (Or pebble) throwing incidents.

    Lets not forget, some of the world's most protected individuals were subjected to shoe throwing including a US President.

    THE ONLY WAY TO STOP THIS KIND OF ATTACK IS TO HAVE A "CURFEW" IN EFFECT AND THEN ORDER EVERY ROOF TO BE EMPTIED, EVERY DOOR AND WINDOW TO BE SHUT THROUGHOUT THE ROUTE THE PLAYERS WILL TAKE. THIS IS BECAUSE THERE ARE SOME LUNATICS IN EVERY COUNTRY.

  • Kamrul on March 10, 2011, 9:37 GMT

    Mr. Monga, what it seems you are trying to rectify an unfortunate incident to a disaster. Your view toward people and toward a nation need to be changed. What u think police should make people halt and make thousand of fans hands up when bus were passing them? We know our people and I can assure all concerned that nothing serious gonna happen. Mr. Monga: Thumbs down.

  • Jim on March 10, 2011, 8:06 GMT

    The time I saw the title of the blog, I was depressed. Hundreds of people out of their living bought flowers and stood outside the hotel very early in the morning and said Sorry. If we say that it can't mask the bigger picture, we are the ones who are doing such horrible mistake. It's agreed that Sid's points are perfect in the article but the title is so misleading that it raises doubts whether the title was made up to evoke emotions among the online readers. One commenter here has raised a very valid point. Did Chris Gayle thanked the fans who said sorry? Why did he just spit out only expletives when the incident happened? In spite of being a celebrity, he acted so cheap. Why don't we forgive few fans who acted cheaply out of their emotion. Both Chris Gayle and these fans acted the same way. Does Chris Gayle apologize for his bad words and his theatrics, or at least thank the good fans of the country?

  • shaun on March 8, 2011, 11:27 GMT

    My problem is not with the actual incident, as I can understand the reaction of the fans. My problem is with the comments of the CEO of ICC. How is heavens name can he make a comment like that. roll back time four years and imagine something like that happening in the west indies and it wound have been a BIG PROBLEM for west indies.

  • shaun on March 8, 2011, 10:55 GMT

    My problem is not with the actual incident, as I can understand the reaction of the fans. My problem is with the comments of the CEO of ICC. How is heavens name can he make a comment like that. roll back time four years and imagine something like that happening in the west indies and it wound have been a BIG PROBLEM for west indies.

  • Khan_Pakistan on March 8, 2011, 10:37 GMT

    when South African Cricket fans threw empty bottles on Indian Bowler Srisant and SA captain apologized for the incident.....

  • 5_Year_itch on March 8, 2011, 7:20 GMT

    The writers thoughts are not unwarranted. Well BD seems to be catching up with the Pakistanis, I just hope they are always as poor as now, to not afford a Gun !!

  • Ashraf on March 8, 2011, 6:16 GMT

    Well, I agree the flowers are not enough, then what is enough Mr. securtiy expert? Do you want police arrest anyone with cricket balls, bats or cellphones in their hand waiting 'far away from the main road'? (As far as I am concerned they are harder than pebbles)Or should there be a human shield around the bus windows to catch those projectiles? I don't know whether the glasses were bullet proof or not, but they did their job. Police was supposed to look for a gun or rocket launcher, not pebbles or marble ball in kids' hand. And who said that 'both buses were hit' confirmed that WI team bus were targetted where you confessed 'there wasn’t much to tell one bus from the other'? There were 3 buses with one being dummy. unless BD fans attacked all 3 buses, one can't draw such a conclusion.

  • rw on March 8, 2011, 5:29 GMT

    c'mon sidharth. we made a mistake and also made an apology. I thought chris gayle was a better character than this. he was so rude. any way hope bangladesh wins the remaining matches ans goes to quarter final.

  • Saurabh Bajaj on March 8, 2011, 5:16 GMT

    All I can say is that a bunch of fools did it which has resulted in putting a bad name for the entire nation. The true fans of cricket have made their apologies after the incident and have vowed to never let this happen again. Let's make sure that incidents like this do not happen again and all the team members are safe. For now, forget it and enjoy the world cup !!!

  • SidTheIndianJunkie on March 8, 2011, 3:33 GMT

    Sidharth, I don't know who has given you the licence to write shit..

  • Saif Uddowlah on March 8, 2011, 2:00 GMT

    Mr. Monga, It is acceptable what you wrote, as we are not responsible for your thoughts. But the way criticized us it was harsh. i would like to point out few points. 1. Eden Garden incident. I was there, I was feeling unsafe in the stands as chaos of Indian fans erupted. Placards were burned outside the stadium. There was no criticism there. Indian media shrugged off the incident as unfortunate and moved on. 2. When India was out of the last world cup Dhoni's house was attacked so was Sourav Gangulys. What do you have to say there? 3. There was also chaos in the IPL games did you right about that. No, but covered it up as it is India's prestige. It was an unfortunate incident for West Indies, and for that reason the whole Nation is ashamed of it and apologized. It is because of security WI left the scene unhurt.So think before you make a comment and appreciate on the security given by Bangladesh. They were given presidential level security escort. So wht do you have to say abt it?

  • ASIF on March 8, 2011, 0:39 GMT

    Monga's new conspiracy theory named "did they really aim for their team bus" is getting really popular. no wonder among Indians. All they can do is making a movie script (obviously lame one). i hope they do not see my comment as a "national security breach" for them as if they live in Switzerland and crime is a rare incident. And Gayle must have forgotten what happened in the last WC.. i dnt have to mention that... i think ppl are just jealous abt our cricket love and Monga can make every "black and white" incident "colourful".

  • Ashah on March 7, 2011, 23:31 GMT

    Lets play down the issue. When entire team is killed, we will look inot that. Till then enjoy the game.

  • NomiShah on March 7, 2011, 20:22 GMT

    Indians rule...Calcutta WC 96, Ind-Pak 99...Whole of India after 2007 WC.

  • sri on March 7, 2011, 20:15 GMT

    Hmmm, I completely understand the frustration of an average, passionate fan who really felt let down by his team. Throwing stones in anger is regrettable though, what if it had hurt someone out in the open? Can B'deshis guarantee that another upset will not cause more violent reactions against their own team (not justifiable given any circumstance) or family or homes? In India, I still remember Eden Gardens and what happened there in 96. I seethe in rage at the lack of sportsmanship and the foul behavior of Indian fans in Calcutta who made a Indian player (Kambli) cry out loud in anguish and agony. I was almost glad that Karma has kept the WC matches away from Eden Gardens fifteen years since - we have never seen such reactions in other locales in India like Bangalore, Chennai or even Mumbai.

  • Sakib on March 7, 2011, 19:59 GMT

    What made gayle say that ' Bangladesh ' was throwing stone at him? After couple of stones, he went as far as bullets. when those lads apologised the day after , did gayle mention anything about the apology in Twitter? No, why? That would mean saying something good. is he that dumb not to realise the message it conveyed? Lorgat slapped him alryt the next day.

    To rest of the Windies team, my sincere apologies again.

  • intcamd1 on March 7, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Afsana - your post here is unfortunate. So, you think that Chris Gayle is being lame for somehow being angry with the stoning incident and tweeting right away. What should he do - be a Mahatma, and offer his other cheek? And I cant believe that people are trying to minimize this incident and saying it was only a few people etc. It was only a few people who shot at the Lankans but Pakistan has lost its ability to host any cricket since then. If you are a Bangladeshi fan, you would be best served not by minimizing this and casting aspersions at the Windies players or the few writers who are willing to call a spade, but rather by doing a thorough investigation, not hiding anything, and coming clean, and making sure there are no repeats. Cover ups only lead to bigger blowups.

  • Anonymous on March 7, 2011, 19:44 GMT

    Afsana - your post here is unfortunate. So, you think that Chris Gayle is being lame for somehow being angry with the stoning incident and tweeting right away. What should he do - be a Mahatma, and offer his other cheek? And I cant believe that people are trying to minimize this incident and saying it was only a few people etc. It was only a few people who shot at the Lankans but Pakistan has lost its ability to host any cricket since then. If you are a Bangladeshi fan, you would be best served not by minimizing this and casting aspersions at the Windies players or the few writers who are willing to call a spade, but rather by doing a thorough investigation, not hiding anything, and coming clean, and making sure there are no repeats. Cover ups only lead to bigger blowups.

  • NomiShah on March 7, 2011, 19:00 GMT

    Indians rule...Calcutta WC 96, Ind-Pak 99...Whole of India after 2007 WC.

  • Javed on March 7, 2011, 18:48 GMT

    Mr Sidharth thank you for the article.I am very keen to know your views about the shoe throwing incidents on the politicians(Bush,Musharraf,etc)..According to your morale or motive theory, the culprits must be charged with murder and hanged..Coz there were a lot of possible outcomes in these highly secured places including the security breach of getting shoes inside..! But no-one talked about the possibility of bullets being sprayed..Is it that everyone underestimated it and no-one cares!! I hope you already got the idea...This incident is somewhat similar just stones(or pebbles) instead of shoes..Everyone came out scratchless, so why not you...TC..

  • Mara Mandan on March 7, 2011, 17:56 GMT

    The police also failed to keep the Bangladeshi cricketers safe from the WI bowling and batting.

  • Jawaid manzoor on March 7, 2011, 16:32 GMT

    THE BIGGER PICTURE:

    As euphoria emasculates cricket,so comes to mind the attack on West Indies bus. - Once this happened in lahore to SriLankans, wounding some players through a supposed secuity lapse - even good men of Pakistan lost lives trying to save their guests from a greater disaster - the Lankans infact recognized this and are quite popular in Pakistan.

    - Some years back in a Dehli, in the last ODI, Indians were about to lose to visiting Pakistanise and the crowd went on rampage. Remarkably, this against their own team - the match was twice stopped. There was feeling here amongst Indo/Pak friends, that with the tour so successful at the public relations level - may be Pakistan might have just lost the match while they already had ODIs series in the bag. After all,India was very strong side. Matter of pride.

    But looking back, this has happned in West Indies. Years back, the bottle throwing incident...This, even when cricket was at its best.

  • paul on March 7, 2011, 15:44 GMT

    This article is about security and not about Bangladesh or the fans.

  • Anonymous on March 7, 2011, 15:40 GMT

    @ Rezwan... bloody mother fucker son of a bloody bitch...u already know that 99% of BANGAALEEEES are criminal minded and the intention was indeeed there to harm the WI player you mother fucker bangaaleee...MOREOVER, the whole world knows it was the mother fucker INDIAN HINDUUUSSS MADARCHODSSS WHO ORCHESTRATED THE ATTACK ON SL TEAM... TO DEPRIVE PAKISTAN OF THEIR SHARE OF WC MATCHES...ON ACCOUNT OF SECURITY CONCERNSS....

  • Famoh on March 7, 2011, 14:59 GMT

    In 1996 World Cup, when Indian fans broke loose & ran a mock against eventual Champions SriLanka, the Lankan plyers did not go around claiming India to be 'unsafe'. When Banagladeshi players faced boorish behaviour in recent past from WI fans after BD thrashed WI, BD players never claimed WI to be 'unsafe'.

    While it is regrettable that the incident had taken place, it is equally unwise to continue to bash on such event & paint a gloomy picture of BD fans. Fans there, are more informed and better- behaved than fans in many cricket playing nations.

    Would it not be wiser & ethical for a journalist to highlight the gracious apology & the presentation of bouquet to WI players by hundreds of BD fans as a show of their remorse for the incident instead of highlighting how the flowers masking 'bigger picture'? Grow up, brother!!!

  • Arif Zaman on March 7, 2011, 14:54 GMT

    i want to know does sidhart monga (the writer) read the comments after he posts one. and wanna kno his comment about the comments being posted.

  • Bob on March 7, 2011, 14:34 GMT

    It's easy to throw a stone in a bus but its hard to erase the hard feeling it leaves! What happened happened. Now it is necessary to do everything so that 'isolated incident' like this can't be reproduced in future. What I'm worried about really that Bangladeshi cricket is on a pickup stage at this moment. The supporters are not truly is in a winning habit. Considering the level of tolerance prevails on the sub continent it shows some early signs! I would like to request Bangladeshi fans; please take a game as a game. Enjoy it, support it but don't make it too personal.

  • msmahfuz on March 7, 2011, 14:12 GMT

    Mr Monga, Its not your personal blog, pls be remember you are covering article for espn. Your personal biased journalism should not be a part of espn's view.

    as "Ryan O'Conor" said his is comment "I don’t know what your enmity towards Bangladesh is or any other country other than your country. Shit happens. Get over it."

  • Jason Robinett on March 7, 2011, 14:09 GMT

    This guy always finds negative sides of anything positive. Bangladesh (BD) has arranged such a wonderful opening ceremony and now trying to arrange every match too smoothly. But he is always dispatching negative message. He should know that BD is one of the only few countries that kept the cricket (or cricketing crowd/popularity) alive. You won't find many nations like BD that love the game this much. We saw many cricketing accidents in India in the past, even some matches were canceled due to security issue. This recent one is not even comparable to those. And the good thing is the whole nation fell sorry for this incident. If this is not enough to you, whats your suggestion? Do you want the rest matches to transfer to India? Can you guarantee that the same thing wont happen there? My personal opinion as a guest to this subcontinent is - BD security situation (at least in this WC period) is much better than what I have experienced in India. Please be positive in future article.

  • patrick brice on March 7, 2011, 12:52 GMT

    As a west indian i have one belief, when someone does something wrong once and then appoligise it is just common courtessy that it was genuinely a mistake and have to be forgotten. We all are likely to loose our temper sometimes and as we know some people control theirs better than others so please cut the bangladeshi fans some slack.It is the cricketing body we have to question their ability to manage such incidents as it seems they cannot even manage their own comments. To all bangladeshi's i say we accept your apology, we understand your disappointment but we hope the fans realise that is all part of the game as this has happend to all the teams playing the game today. Now what you have to do is regroup as one nation and look forward to your next game on friday and prove to england that the west indies incident was a one off which you never want to happen again despite the outcome, then the world would see how truely sorry you are. Good luck for the rest of the tornament.

  • Fazlur Rahman Bablu on March 7, 2011, 11:47 GMT

    I thought that Sidharth Monga is biased alone. Now I see that Cricinfo itself is biased and filters comments.

  • nirjhor on March 7, 2011, 11:46 GMT

    Dear Monga: Thanks for your writing. But please write and analyze things in a constructive way. Were you blind enough to see how the whole nation tried to make-over thing that happened. Didn't you see people were standing for hours with apologetic eyes for the WestIdies team? What all those things indication didn't you realize that before writing in such a negative report. Thnks

  • emon on March 7, 2011, 11:21 GMT

    Mr Monga,

    Remember '96 Eden Garden? i think you can't. Remember Tajmahal hotel killing in Mumbai? How the security was breached and brought such disaster! it happens everywhere. so before criticizing a nation, you better look at your own.

    The Bangladeshis can overcome what happened and that incident was not the true face of ours. We know what hospitality is and better than any others. So, please think something before doing something, especially when it concerns a nation.

  • Cyril on March 7, 2011, 10:59 GMT

    Like it or not there was a security breach dont care how few or how many persons were involved. I took one individual to kill President John F. Kennedy, one individual to kill Martin Luther King Jr. These were all security breaches. I acknowledge that there will be the minority who will seek to destroy but one can't downplay the fact that there was a breach. At the recent Commnwealth Games the spectators were kept far from the participants, the ICC needs to use the Delhi Police security plan.

  • Jason Mc on March 7, 2011, 10:46 GMT

    Good to see someone from the SC telling it like it is. Ricky Ponting kicks a TV screen and gets held to ransom by the pathetic media. No one was physically threatened by it.

    This would have been scary to all on the West Indies team.

  • Jubaer on March 7, 2011, 9:12 GMT

    I admit that it was pathetic and sorry thing to do after your team lost the match. I was in the stadium during that match.I was there just after 15 min of the match and 3 wickets were down and Junaid was asking for the UDRS. I was so broken after that pathetic batting.What else i could feel? bought the ticket with 25 times more than the price was on the ticket. 32000tk(US $457) and got the cheapest 7 tickets of 200tk.Still i tried to enjoy. from the upper level someone threw water and placards which hitted us as well.I shouted to show their anger with words without throwing things in the ground.someone was saying words to me for that too.so, there is real cricket fan.i was shocked not for the result but they way our players played.But Gayle's reaction was way too much.You can't protect whole 13KM roads.You can't stop everthing for security.Still we stopped traffic on one side.We said sorry still WI manager didn't show any courtesy.anyways we're still for the incident of 2/3, not all.

  • Jubaer on March 7, 2011, 8:57 GMT

    I admit that it was pathetic and sorry thing to do after your team lost the match. I was in the stadium during that match. I was there just after 15 min of the match and 3 wickets were down and Junaid was asking for the UDRS. I was so broken after that pathetic batting. What else i could feel? bought the ticket with 25 times more than the price was on the ticket. 32000tk(US $457) and got the cheapest 7 tickets of 200tk.Still i tried to enjoy. from the upper level someone threw water and placards which hitted us as well.I shouted to show their anger with words without throwing things in the ground.someone was saying words to me for that too.so, there is real cricket fan.i was shocked not for the result but they way our players played.But Gayle's reaction was way too much.You can't protect whole 13KM roads.You can't stop everthing for security.Still we stopped traffic on one side.We said sorry still WI manager didn't show any courtesy.anyways we're still for the incident of 2/3, not all.

  • Al Amin on March 7, 2011, 7:38 GMT

    We all in Bangladesh are sorry from our heart for such incident. I do not understand why West indies team does not realize our sincere apology.As a nation we are certainly hospital and honour our guests.Cricket is not important than any unjust insult to us by anybody,we shall not accept.With mind set like Chris gyle or anyone is not welcome in Bangladesh.There are some sick narrow minded people trying to defame our people,without solid reasons.

  • Thiyagarajan on March 7, 2011, 6:45 GMT

    Before taking on Sidharth Monga heads on for the article, i urge all of them going through the column to appreciate the original essence of it.I'm sure that Sid's idea of this article was not to definitely deface/Insult any average Bangladeshi fan..It is more of a SLAP on the "Passing the Buck" & Lacklusture attitude shown by the Cricket Board & ICC.I feel every fan (Atleast in ASIAN cricket nations)has a right to showcase their anger/Disappointment, as they are t only reason why cricket has flourished the way it is today, while the way it was displayed other day is certainly objectable.As a follower of Indian cricket, i can certainly assure you that these incidents are bound to happen in cricket crazy country like ours if our team goes down t way it went t other day.To Summarize, As a member of the subcontinent im truly proud of the way in which the event is Organized by all the 3 nation so far and im sure this incident will remain far from our memories in isolation in the days to cme

  • buuu on March 7, 2011, 6:04 GMT

    hope WI wont b pebble-stricken n get distracted....bcos de look lyk da true champion nw...so sammy n co plzz b focussed on da job in hand.....n crazy bangladeshis shud accept de r much inferior team dan windies..n shud accept expected defeat gracefully...

  • Kazi Al-Rashid on March 7, 2011, 5:48 GMT

    Dear "Sidharth Monga",

    Just one questions for you -

    Did anyone got hurt or did a single stone or pebble or whatever you call it made it isnide the bus and hit a player?

    If you answer - "No" (and that is the fact) then how is this a security breach? Attack was their and buses were secured enough and/or the law enforcement personnel were active enough to prevent that. Period.

    Using your own analogy of robbing a home - the robber came but could not break into the home so you should rather get a pat on your back that you actually secured your home pretty well!

    Now - I would not at all dismiss the fact that it was an immature dispay of Bangladesh fans and it was inhospitable, but that has nothing to do with security. It was a bad gesture and I think the BD Fans has successfully turned it around the next morning. It was also evident that WI team captain officially accepted it and moved on.... then why can't you?

  • slx on March 7, 2011, 5:34 GMT

    Reactions from readers is so suprising here. The authors' point is only against the lame public responses of the authorities (ICC, BCB and police) not the average Bangladeshi fan. But he seems to have rubbed many readers the wrong way!

  • Amjad Hossain on March 7, 2011, 4:19 GMT

    Dear siddarth, I think you people forget the history.We know that we did the worst possible things in our cricket history.we do play cricket not so long but i think your country play cricket for long time and u also claim urself as best of cricket.because u have a large business related with this game.Remember cricket is our passion not business like u.some man do mistake and all are sorry for that but u didn't feel sorry for ur works in Eden.Have some shame not to allow pakistani cricketer in IPL as well as threating pakistan not to play in india.For Whole world 20 people did the the mistake but 160000000 people are ther to give security and love to the cricketer.Stop your business oriented cricket.YOU DUFFER.

  • Harsh on March 7, 2011, 4:02 GMT

    This is the problem with organizing an international sporting event in a half cooked country like Bangladesh. Of course the situation is equally bad in the other Bengal namely Calcutta and Eden. There is some thing in the psyche of these people which makes them unable to accept a logical argument or a fair defeat. Let us not pretend that this was an isolated action, this will repeat every time there is a similar result.

  • cricket lover on March 7, 2011, 3:39 GMT

    i hear a common theme "small minority, not real bangaladeshies". maybe now the wider world can spare the same thought to people of pakistan that small minority in power (both in cricket and politics) is the reason behind so many issues for pak cricket and country in general and not the 'real pakistanies' !!!

    peace all

  • Live IPL Score on March 7, 2011, 3:31 GMT

    Whatsoever certainly this kind of behavior is not acceptable. Game is a game and one should respect it.

  • Devon on March 7, 2011, 2:50 GMT

    If it were the Aussies or English attacked, I wonder what the reaction would be. I would suggest perhaps the West Indians had no security but the bigger, "more important" nations do. The ICC chief should resign for that pebbles comment. His response is much worse than the idiots who did the stoning. It was a deliberate attempt to misinform with the intent of covering up a breach of security.

  • Roger on March 7, 2011, 2:35 GMT

    I'm stunned at the tone of the majority of the comments here. To defend an attack like that is poor form (at best)... and to brush it off as some kind of daily occurrence is one thing, but one reprobate actually had the temerity to criticise Chris Gayle for his reaction??!! WOW. What an appalling thing to say Mr Hasan, did you see the incident, were you there? And if so what were you doing? Chris Gayle was clearly rattled by the brazen attack - he has the right to express as much! I don't know what is more offensive - the attack or the reaction to it from the majority of contributors here. Unless Bangladesh people/security and the ICC feel that this type of behaviour is TOTALLY UNACCEPTABLE, then it brings into question their competence and/or right to host such an event. What a disgrace.

  • Anubhav on March 7, 2011, 2:27 GMT

    Bangladeshi Guys who are criticizing the author need to grow up man.The guy is only speaking good about Bangladesh. He just points out that security should be better and that is same in all countries. For the west indies players, at one time those those "pebbles" would have looked like bullets and they were just angry about that. No one is blaming Bangladesh alone but Bengali crowds in general are violent and emotional.Not good when these two things come together at same place.........

  • shiplu on March 6, 2011, 3:57 GMT

    Cant agree with Sidharth Monga.Our apologies cant mask the bigger picture.How do you know that.Have you written your features sittting on your desk nd not considering our emotion.WE are sorry for the incident done by a minority group.I welcome you in every parts of Bangladesh.Lets c bangladesh.Lets c wat mass people think about it.

  • Sayem Khan on March 6, 2011, 3:35 GMT

    1st of all apologies to the whole world for such a reaction from the people. But it was the minority who did this. These people aren't even real supporters. They are only there when the team wins. The fans of Bangladesh cricket will never do this. However, I have been in all the matches of Bangladesh so far, and to be honest, the security was more then what we, the normal people, expected. and it is my belief that after the incident, the security will be much tighter for the remaining matches. This was unbelievable. Am sure this wont happen again.

  • EZRA on March 6, 2011, 3:34 GMT

    how could the ICC and the Bangladeshi police make such statements and never once acknowledge that they failed to protect our boys from WI. This is absolutely rediculous. And to come out and say that it was only pebbles? Would he like these pebbles to be pelted at his car while driving around in Bangladesh or India or Sri Lanka? I think NOT... So dont give us this load boys.... Keep out WI cricketers safe..... Thank you for the apology guys... We kow that you will find these kinda rediculous individuals everywhere.... ICC KEEP OUR BOYS SAFE FOR US TO CONCENTRATE ON WINNING THE WORLD CUP!!!!!!

  • Sri on March 6, 2011, 3:14 GMT

    To the point, Sidharth. All along this incident, I kept wondering how the powers-that-be chose to make it look like a non-issue. They should atleast have acknowledged the breach in public and may be, in the background, tightened security (which, as you hope, they are doing). What a pity; even ICC doesn't seem to care.

  • basanti rai chaturvedi on March 6, 2011, 2:22 GMT

    Encapsulates everything- "When your house is robbed, you don’t debate the robbers’ moral make-up, you think of how you could have protected your house better."

  • Rony on March 6, 2011, 2:07 GMT

    Sidharth you said,"Fans' flowers can't mask the bigger picture" Don't you think, its a kind of insult for us? We did apology and we do apology for that unfortunate incident.I think,We should forget that "black Friday".

    You questioned about security. Fine... Do you think we should make any conclusion without investigation report?

  • smith on March 6, 2011, 2:06 GMT

    get a grip man, leave this country alone. they love cricket and respect it, the fans were really upset on that day and might av done a little mistake but u know as we r human being we all have emotions and some people can`t control it like everybody, but they realised it and apologised for the circumstance. so let it go and chill man ;-) for your kind info, just to let u know people do mistakes but if they realise it afterwards then there is nothing bigger than that.

  • Afsana on March 6, 2011, 2:03 GMT

    This is absurd. The people who threw stones were extremely stupid and angry people. They don't have guns. They are not murderers. Why would they fire bullets! This is not the bigger picture....it is more like taking a picture and making it enormous so you're seeing things that doesn't even exist. I am also ashamed of Gayle's reaction. He twitted about the incident right away. However, when people went in the early morning to say sorry...he had no reaction! That's extremely lame.

  • Luts on March 6, 2011, 2:02 GMT

    I have to say..I find this entire issue borderline hilarious. Their team were all out for 58 and people were obviously emotional and threw a couple of stones. There was clearly no intention of any major physical harm to anyone. If there was harm intended, I do not think any amount of precaution/security would be able to prevent it. Case in point: Srilanka in Pakistan.

    Its time for the media to drop this issue.

    Note: I include Gayle in media since he clearly wanted some attention.

  • Rishad on March 6, 2011, 1:43 GMT

    I have to disagree with the entire theme/feel of this article. The author seems to completely play down the fact that there are a lot of people who are willing to apologize for other peoples(some rowdy/angry fans)actions and be as hospitable as possible to the players and others(tourists, media) visiting their country. This is a def. +.

    Yet, Bangladesh is getting more attention for a couple of angry fans who threw stones, which did nothing more than crack a window. I understand Gayle tweeted sounding horrified. That makes sense since that ensures more hits/followers on twitter for him. The captains house incident: COME ON. I am sure all Indian cricketers are used to it, but I guess Mr.Monga forgot about that given India's recent good run.

    I sincerely hope the media would stop trying to blow this tiny incident out of proportion. The fact is, there were no bullets and no harm was done. Bangladeshis by nature are not aggressive. They are a passionate lot and the media should leave it.

  • Andrew Campbell on March 6, 2011, 1:32 GMT

    Honestly, is this still an issue? Lets drop it now. We have bigger things to worry about than a few pebbles hitting the West Indies Bus. More surprising were comments from Chris Gayle, who was so shocked at the incident. Man up.

  • Justin Zane on March 6, 2011, 0:08 GMT

    This is sad indeed. Just for a couple of rotten eggs, the whole nation is going to suffer (hope not). What goes on in these people's mind when they perform this sort of activities?

  • Ryan O'Conor on March 5, 2011, 23:45 GMT

    Mr. Monga I don’t know what your enmity towards Bangladesh is or any other country other than your country. Shit happens. Get over it. Now don’t dig it up more to make even a more mess. Because that’s what press do! I understand some ignorant and illiterate fans became sentimental and did something wrong. And the whole country’s fans are trying to make up for it. To err is human. Let it go. You can blame the entire nation and the remarkable well known fan base of cricket in that country. Sorry But I don’t agree with your point of view of journalism. If you are trying to write some controversial column to get the some name and fame then I gotta say, this isn’t the way to do it.

  • Omar on March 5, 2011, 22:43 GMT

    The stone throwing incident was regrettable but we have to understand that these things happen. The cricket fans are passionate in Bangladesh and they lost their cool after the match. This is neither the first nor the last time a sports fan has vented their anger at their team.

    Chris Gayle comes from a country where there used to be regular crowd invasions after matches. The crowds used to stop matches being played if the WI were losing. I remember Steve Waugh commenting after he experienced once such crowd invasion just before the last ball of the match, that he feared his life.

    And this is not even the worst security laps in World Cup history. I remember a Semi Final (no less) being stopped in India because the crowd were literally burning down the stadium. India were losing the match.

  • Joe Daly on March 5, 2011, 22:34 GMT

    Your comments are right on target and among the best I've read in cyberspace. The attack on the bus was an attack on the players and the ICC the police and all relevant cricket authorities should treat this matter with the seriousness it deserves. Chris Gayle and everybody else in that bus were absolutely right to be concerned about their safety. Maybe it is not practical to increase security measures to the point where incidents such as this are not possible but the cricketers need to know that their safety is of paramount importance to the tournament authorities. The attempt by the police and by Haroon Lorgat to downplay the seriousness of this incident does not inspire confidence in their ability to protect the players.

  • Rezwan on March 5, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    First of all don't make a mountain out of a molehill. I am pretty sure journalists like you would love nothing but a bit of side drama alongside the world cup to earn your paycheck. No one is downplaying the incident. Downplaying it would be to say nothing happened instead the management apologized and is making sure the security is even tighter from now on. This is not the same incident like in Pakistan where shots were fired and people were actually killed. No one in this incident were scratched. From now on why don't you stop with the underhand complementing and learn about unbiased journalism.

  • Armaanii on March 5, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    I wonder what's actually wrong with this reporter?? "Sidhart Monga" or whatever his name is has been persistently talking against Bangladesh from the very beginning. Starting from the opening ceremony to every match i noticed there is a sound of sarcasm in his articles. Even after such a wonderful opening ceremony i found some sarcastic comments on that. Then comes the opening match, fine India won it, be happy but Bangladesh was criticized accordingly. Then against Ireland, even though Bangladesh won but still criticism was there.And finally now after such incident, i agree what happened was really bad,at least people tried their best to recover the thing which we hardly see in many countries. Even Calcutta crowd is pretty much similar and i remember that a match was abandoned in 1996 world cup semifinal, but i dint notice such make-over from crowd then as the Bangladeshi crowd. We should appreciate people's effort as they are apologizing for what happened.It happens in every game

  • Michael Corleone on March 5, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    A number of Bangladeshi fan with flowers and sorry-letter were present when WI team was leaving for the airport. Darren Sammy accepted the flowers and sent photographers to take the fan-photos. This clearly shows the yesterday's unexpected incident is a matter to forget. The WI team wave...d in reply.

  • Kathy on March 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    No sign of any public apology from the big wheels to the players, who must have been shaken up by such an incident. On the other hand, it's wonderful that the man-in-the-street shows more character than the "authorities" and goes out of his way to make the apology on behalf of the whole country. Good for them!

  • Rasel on March 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Brother, WI team is more famous in BD rather any other team. Yes it was a great silly mistake we did last night but wont you think its recoverable? Bangladeshis are cricket mad nation and now we started learning,performing good with big teams so as spectators need bit lesson as such mistake was well taken care by Govt & each individual persons of whole bangladesh. I myself & all my friends(500+) posted apology message all over (news paper, FB twiter, group email etc). So Please dont draw such picture/panic by which lead others to fear about Bangladesh. We are peace lovers & we know how to honor our guest. We already confirmed that such incident never ever happen.

    /rasel

  • west indian fan on March 5, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    i was Not really expecting this kinda of behavior from "Some" Bangladeshi fans, normally i expected this from Pakistan or Indian fans{when playing against each other,lol}... well, what is done is done....make better security preparations next time ICC... Don't be to hard on the Bangladesh cricket team,they are still learning and people must understand Losing is part of the game...i mean look at West Indies they get beat all the time...they have learned the ancient Art of "getting Licks and still be Happy& celebrate afterwards"!..lol to west Indies fans losing is normal and even laughable.. Cricket fans all over the world should "Expect nothing but hope for everything!"

  • rqhasan on March 5, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    We are sorry for the inconvenience for the west indies team. However, there team member (chris gayle) what he said, that is also unacceptable. because it seems that he never played any international cricket match in other country. When Bangladesh whitewashed west indies, there is also some chaos in there country

  • Andy on March 5, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    It is fine, that they are pretending nothing has happened.I am sure, that once the tournament is finished, a more detailed investigation will take place. Articles like this do nothing but focus on the wrong things at the wrong time. Let us enjoy the cricket on display. This is an isolated incident, and while the security should be questioned, let us not blow this out of proportions Also Chris Gayle feeling insecure in Bangladesh is understandable, but would he tweet every time there is something untoward happening in Jamaica, and say he is feeling unsafe there?

    This is probably not going to make it through your ' moderation' but I hope it does.

  • Ibrahim Ahmed on March 5, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    No one is saying that nothing happened. But it is not as serious as you have showed. At least far less reaction than '96 Eden Garden. We live here, we know this water. Anything serious is just impossible and rubbish like these will only increment the tension.

  • Hasib on March 5, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    It takes only one guy to make the whole country look bad!! There will always be people like that. We need to now just move on and focus on the next games. There isn't much securities can do when the stadium full of people are angry. But now that Bangladesh has had the taste of a bad defeat, expectation will be not as much in the next games, and there will be definitely less emotion. I don't believe this kind of incident will ever happen again. Give those security guys a break.

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  • Hasib on March 5, 2011, 17:15 GMT

    It takes only one guy to make the whole country look bad!! There will always be people like that. We need to now just move on and focus on the next games. There isn't much securities can do when the stadium full of people are angry. But now that Bangladesh has had the taste of a bad defeat, expectation will be not as much in the next games, and there will be definitely less emotion. I don't believe this kind of incident will ever happen again. Give those security guys a break.

  • Ibrahim Ahmed on March 5, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    No one is saying that nothing happened. But it is not as serious as you have showed. At least far less reaction than '96 Eden Garden. We live here, we know this water. Anything serious is just impossible and rubbish like these will only increment the tension.

  • Andy on March 5, 2011, 17:31 GMT

    It is fine, that they are pretending nothing has happened.I am sure, that once the tournament is finished, a more detailed investigation will take place. Articles like this do nothing but focus on the wrong things at the wrong time. Let us enjoy the cricket on display. This is an isolated incident, and while the security should be questioned, let us not blow this out of proportions Also Chris Gayle feeling insecure in Bangladesh is understandable, but would he tweet every time there is something untoward happening in Jamaica, and say he is feeling unsafe there?

    This is probably not going to make it through your ' moderation' but I hope it does.

  • rqhasan on March 5, 2011, 17:55 GMT

    We are sorry for the inconvenience for the west indies team. However, there team member (chris gayle) what he said, that is also unacceptable. because it seems that he never played any international cricket match in other country. When Bangladesh whitewashed west indies, there is also some chaos in there country

  • west indian fan on March 5, 2011, 17:57 GMT

    i was Not really expecting this kinda of behavior from "Some" Bangladeshi fans, normally i expected this from Pakistan or Indian fans{when playing against each other,lol}... well, what is done is done....make better security preparations next time ICC... Don't be to hard on the Bangladesh cricket team,they are still learning and people must understand Losing is part of the game...i mean look at West Indies they get beat all the time...they have learned the ancient Art of "getting Licks and still be Happy& celebrate afterwards"!..lol to west Indies fans losing is normal and even laughable.. Cricket fans all over the world should "Expect nothing but hope for everything!"

  • Rasel on March 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    Brother, WI team is more famous in BD rather any other team. Yes it was a great silly mistake we did last night but wont you think its recoverable? Bangladeshis are cricket mad nation and now we started learning,performing good with big teams so as spectators need bit lesson as such mistake was well taken care by Govt & each individual persons of whole bangladesh. I myself & all my friends(500+) posted apology message all over (news paper, FB twiter, group email etc). So Please dont draw such picture/panic by which lead others to fear about Bangladesh. We are peace lovers & we know how to honor our guest. We already confirmed that such incident never ever happen.

    /rasel

  • Kathy on March 5, 2011, 18:00 GMT

    No sign of any public apology from the big wheels to the players, who must have been shaken up by such an incident. On the other hand, it's wonderful that the man-in-the-street shows more character than the "authorities" and goes out of his way to make the apology on behalf of the whole country. Good for them!

  • Michael Corleone on March 5, 2011, 18:09 GMT

    A number of Bangladeshi fan with flowers and sorry-letter were present when WI team was leaving for the airport. Darren Sammy accepted the flowers and sent photographers to take the fan-photos. This clearly shows the yesterday's unexpected incident is a matter to forget. The WI team wave...d in reply.

  • Armaanii on March 5, 2011, 21:38 GMT

    I wonder what's actually wrong with this reporter?? "Sidhart Monga" or whatever his name is has been persistently talking against Bangladesh from the very beginning. Starting from the opening ceremony to every match i noticed there is a sound of sarcasm in his articles. Even after such a wonderful opening ceremony i found some sarcastic comments on that. Then comes the opening match, fine India won it, be happy but Bangladesh was criticized accordingly. Then against Ireland, even though Bangladesh won but still criticism was there.And finally now after such incident, i agree what happened was really bad,at least people tried their best to recover the thing which we hardly see in many countries. Even Calcutta crowd is pretty much similar and i remember that a match was abandoned in 1996 world cup semifinal, but i dint notice such make-over from crowd then as the Bangladeshi crowd. We should appreciate people's effort as they are apologizing for what happened.It happens in every game

  • Rezwan on March 5, 2011, 21:56 GMT

    First of all don't make a mountain out of a molehill. I am pretty sure journalists like you would love nothing but a bit of side drama alongside the world cup to earn your paycheck. No one is downplaying the incident. Downplaying it would be to say nothing happened instead the management apologized and is making sure the security is even tighter from now on. This is not the same incident like in Pakistan where shots were fired and people were actually killed. No one in this incident were scratched. From now on why don't you stop with the underhand complementing and learn about unbiased journalism.