World T20 2014 March 26, 2014

The murky waters of flag waving

Vithushan Ehantharajah
An irreverent look in and around the World T20 in Bangladesh. If you are looking for news, you have got lost in the right place.
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Flag fury
Local supporters have been threatened with bans if they are caught carrying the flags of other teams competing in the World T20 competition. The BCB have waded in, saying they "noticed" Bangladeshis flying other flags and "flouting the country's flag rules".

The ruling has been there for a while, but came to the fore during the recent Asia Cup, when locals were seen waving Pakistani flags. This particular incident caused a great deal of outrage given the history between the two nations, who were at war in 1971, up to which point Bangladesh was part of Pakistan. The conflict claimed a reported three million lives from the Bangladeshi side alone.

Still, it didn't stop Javed Miandad claiming that the ban violates the spirit of the game while others claimed it to be an attack on Pakistan.

It's obviously not a great rule and something that needs to be addressed, but let's not pretend it's anything other than a law put into effect in 1972, by a newly-formed country in a state of destruction and reconstruction.

As it happens, today marks Bangladesh's 44th Independence Day celebration. Speaking of which…

Sing when you're singing
To mark Independence Day today, the ministry of culture went about setting a world record for the largest number of people to sing a country's anthem simultaneously. The full Bangladesh team took part in the event this morning at 11am sharp in the Mirpur stadium. Sadly, they were unable to be counted towards the world record as they were not within the permitted radius.

Thankfully, their numbers weren't needed as 254,861 people gathered at the National Parade Ground to belt out the anthem and more than double the previous Guinness World Record. The photos look spectacular.

Highway to the Sports Zone
Good news - Cox's Bazar Sports Zone, once presented as a venue for World Twenty20, has finally been completed and is ready for use! OK, a bit of background.

The area itself, located in the south-eastern corner of Bangladesh, has been subject to a development boom that has seen it arise as the key tourist jaunt in the country. But because of a mixture of illegally built shops and environmental issues, the boom ceased and Cox's Bazar has been moving at a snail's pace.

Plans that the venue would host a handful of World T20 matches, as well as some of the women's competition, were dropped last December because of the slow development of the stadium.

From today till March 29, Cox's Bazar will host Anjan's University Beach Cricket 2014 competition. Eight universities will compete for the chance to "Beat The Beach" - their slogan, not ours - with three different sponsors together contributing an eight lakh budget.

It's not quite World Twenty20. But it will have to do.

Dew Decimation System
It seems even the ICC have lost their rag with dew, feeling that now captains are simply electing to bowl first to avoid having to work with a damp ball.

ICC's own pitches consultant Andy Atkinson is said to have been in talks with the Delhi and District Cricket Association and their curator Venkat Sundaram to discuss the use of a chemical agent to combat dew. This anti-dew agent has been used in India since the first edition of the IPL in 2008 and DDCA president Sneh Bansal has confirmed to the Times of India that they are in discussions to send the chemical across to Bangladesh.

Ticket confusion
Many Bangladesh fans could have done without watching their capitulation against the West Indies yesterday. To be fair to the BCB, they did their best to help them out.

The majority of tickets sold actually had the incorrect time on them, stating a 3.30pm instead of a 7.30pm start. ESPNcricinfo's own Mohammad Isam was submerged with queries about the correct start, while the country's biggest newspaper also had to wade in and provide clarification.

Those who still rocked up four hours early could always pass the time listening to five-and-a-half renditions of the Sri Lankan national anthem.

Comments have now been closed for this article

  • on March 27, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    It will not help Bangladeshi Cricket, they have been very slow to prosper and should remember who stood up for them in the ICC when they were facing a possible ban from tests in the early 2000s. Within 30 days they have lost to Hong Kong and Afghanistan at home, gloom is gathering around their sport which will disappoint Bangladeshis and Cricketing World, the Govt. trying to force a statement so clumsily would end up as a self mockery nothing else! Hope they show up sports man spirit!

  • drnaveed on March 27, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    why ICC is still sleeping. it should have taken immediate action than and there , ofcourse , if its a neutral department, and if it had wanted to ??? . the BD higher officials and their government , should keep in mind that their present pro-indian government is not going to last for ever , i time will come when pro-Pakistani government will come , and than things and the whole scenario will completely change and will become the opposite , hatred for one team and love for the other . only one , than , who would be puzzled would be their cricket fans...

  • on March 27, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Plz keep out politics out of sports .Take lesion from west fight inside the ground and prove you are better sports man then other .Canada and USA England and France they have instance game Why not Pakistan India or Pakistan Bangladesh

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    As a pakistani of origin, I have always supported Bangladesh team when they have played other than pakistani team. So I will say this is a childish ban, and it will backfire on Bangladesh team.

  • Hassaan13 on March 27, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket Board should rethink on this decision and change it. I am from Pakistan and we all want Bangladesh cricket to flourish, but such decisions are against the true spirit of game. Everyone should be allowed to cheer for his favourite team and support it. According to this decision, if Pakistan and West Indies are playing a match, then no one can wave their flag in the stadium as no one is allowed to raise any other flag except of BNG in the stadium. This is so ridiculous. So they should change this.

  • getsetgopk on March 27, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    As a Pakistani, its really good to know that BD is still in the past, keep it up

  • omairhr on March 27, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Are they going to check IDs of all fans to confirm if they are Bangladeshi or not?

  • fransaree on March 27, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Wish Just Wish, Make sportsmanship ALIVE every where, while playing, watching & writing some thing. Sport must come first. To be honest, it seems that Writer is BIASED & don't know the FACTS. I don't want to go in details but just request, "LET SPORTS GET OUT OF POLITICS".

  • From_Sweden on March 27, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    I am wondering if this move has some connection to the action taken by Indian authorities against the student in a university who celebrated Afridi's Sixes?

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Dear Bangladeshis please show your maturity and cheer the good game whoever is playing, Hope decision will be change to allow you to enjoy the game. Be positive, Be sportsman.

  • on March 27, 2014, 10:37 GMT

    It will not help Bangladeshi Cricket, they have been very slow to prosper and should remember who stood up for them in the ICC when they were facing a possible ban from tests in the early 2000s. Within 30 days they have lost to Hong Kong and Afghanistan at home, gloom is gathering around their sport which will disappoint Bangladeshis and Cricketing World, the Govt. trying to force a statement so clumsily would end up as a self mockery nothing else! Hope they show up sports man spirit!

  • drnaveed on March 27, 2014, 9:10 GMT

    why ICC is still sleeping. it should have taken immediate action than and there , ofcourse , if its a neutral department, and if it had wanted to ??? . the BD higher officials and their government , should keep in mind that their present pro-indian government is not going to last for ever , i time will come when pro-Pakistani government will come , and than things and the whole scenario will completely change and will become the opposite , hatred for one team and love for the other . only one , than , who would be puzzled would be their cricket fans...

  • on March 27, 2014, 9:00 GMT

    Plz keep out politics out of sports .Take lesion from west fight inside the ground and prove you are better sports man then other .Canada and USA England and France they have instance game Why not Pakistan India or Pakistan Bangladesh

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:50 GMT

    As a pakistani of origin, I have always supported Bangladesh team when they have played other than pakistani team. So I will say this is a childish ban, and it will backfire on Bangladesh team.

  • Hassaan13 on March 27, 2014, 8:45 GMT

    Bangladesh Cricket Board should rethink on this decision and change it. I am from Pakistan and we all want Bangladesh cricket to flourish, but such decisions are against the true spirit of game. Everyone should be allowed to cheer for his favourite team and support it. According to this decision, if Pakistan and West Indies are playing a match, then no one can wave their flag in the stadium as no one is allowed to raise any other flag except of BNG in the stadium. This is so ridiculous. So they should change this.

  • getsetgopk on March 27, 2014, 8:22 GMT

    As a Pakistani, its really good to know that BD is still in the past, keep it up

  • omairhr on March 27, 2014, 8:17 GMT

    Are they going to check IDs of all fans to confirm if they are Bangladeshi or not?

  • fransaree on March 27, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    Wish Just Wish, Make sportsmanship ALIVE every where, while playing, watching & writing some thing. Sport must come first. To be honest, it seems that Writer is BIASED & don't know the FACTS. I don't want to go in details but just request, "LET SPORTS GET OUT OF POLITICS".

  • From_Sweden on March 27, 2014, 8:15 GMT

    I am wondering if this move has some connection to the action taken by Indian authorities against the student in a university who celebrated Afridi's Sixes?

  • on March 27, 2014, 8:11 GMT

    Dear Bangladeshis please show your maturity and cheer the good game whoever is playing, Hope decision will be change to allow you to enjoy the game. Be positive, Be sportsman.

  • MurtaMac on March 27, 2014, 8:10 GMT

    What a childish decision. I wonder why countries mix politics with sports. Its outlandish but was even worse was when Pakistan was winning the 2012 Asia Cup Final in Dhaka the Bangladesh Prime Minister left the stadium. This could be due to an emergency or as many said at the time and recollected now, because of her not wanting to present Pakistan with the trophy. Childish to say the very least and now this ban on flags and forcing patriotism down everyone's throats.

  • From_Sweden on March 27, 2014, 7:29 GMT

    Dear Bangladeshis who think its a correct decision, answer me how do you feel if your team is in England and many Bangladeshi people who are now UK citizens are stopped supporting Bangladesh team?

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:26 GMT

    Just a minor point, you present the figure of 3 million casualties as a fact, totally ignoring that the number is highly contentious, and involves a lot of politics ! Every Bangladeshi I have ever met, admits that it is an exaggeration at least by a scale of then and highly unrealistic. I know this might be besides the point, but just a shows a total bias in not even qualifying the figure by pointing out that it is highly contentious !

  • on March 27, 2014, 7:12 GMT

    Being from Pakistan, I support the Bangladeshi Cricket team and hope they come out of their funk soon. But I but do not support this ban. If there is such good will in the hearts of Bangladeshis for Pakistan -- a good will which is reciprocated and is a two way street -- then it cannot be legislated away. Appears to be an ill-thought response to the huge support for Pak in the game with India. The PM should just grin and bear it otherwise it would remind one of how she refused to present the last Asia Cup to Pakistan despite gracing the final. She chose instead to leave right after Bangladesh's loss.

  • shera_baloch on March 27, 2014, 7:03 GMT

    It is really pathetic that Bangladesh have put ban on their local citizen, it is clearly against the spirit of game. All countries must protest and asked them to lift up ban else all countries boycott the tournament and put ban in Bangladesh for playing cricket. Now it is the foremost duty of ICC to stress Bangladeshi board or government to lift up the ban by all means.

  • on March 27, 2014, 6:38 GMT

    I think writer is biased here. Pakistan and Bangladesh were never in war in past and never will be in future. Writer is trying to mess with the history plz don't try this. Asians living in UK freely support there parent countries. But this is just Pro Indian govt which is stopping supporters to show there love for brother country.

  • salman_0902 on March 27, 2014, 6:35 GMT

    in 1996 World Cup I was in Karachi. England was playing against Pakistan. My Classmates Planned that there wont be any support for England in the ground. So they all bought English flags and cheered for England even though they wanted Pakistan to win. and those were the only fans for English team in National Stadium. We all laughed and enjoyed it.

  • JHaSSaN on March 27, 2014, 5:41 GMT

    Its nothing but madness by the Bangla govt. While the facts provided by the writer are really confusing. Pakistan and Bangladesh never had a war in 1971. it was a war between India and Pakistan and one part of Pakistan got separated and became Bangladesh.

  • banglafan on March 27, 2014, 5:40 GMT

    I think everyone is missing a point here - there is a big difference between supporting a team and waving a national flag. Flags mean a lot more than a piece of cloth. There are flag rules all over the world to prevent misuse.

  • on March 27, 2014, 5:32 GMT

    Petty Bangladeshi government..really petty...let the fans cheer for the team, you are Hosting the World T20, don't embarrass your nation from banning your countrymen from supporting whatever team they wish.

  • on March 27, 2014, 4:29 GMT

    Readings comments from this ban supporters only tells one thing: No logic or reasoning and hearts full of hate for Pakistan. You guys want to be applauded for that. No ways. No sensible person will applaud such negative attitude and you will keep burning yourself in the heat of this hatred.

  • drnaveed on March 27, 2014, 4:12 GMT

    come on ICC , this rule from the BD fficials came during this ongoing T-20 world cup ,you should take immediate action , before the Pak - BD match , if any , from your side . don't look into the matter later.

  • Umair_umair on March 27, 2014, 4:05 GMT

    Indian bowler, Balaji's interview on espncricinfo about India tour to Pakistan. Read and feel.

    Question: Crowds love chanting your name since it rolls off the tongue easily and has a rhythm to it. Can you give us an instance of when the crowd egged you on to raise your level of play?

    Balaji: It happened during the final match of the ODI series in Pakistan in 2004. The whole Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore was chanting my name. I was surprised to see a foreign crowd do that. In India you only hear the names of Sachin and Sourav mostly, but never Balaji. The series had been tied 2-2 going into the final match, and Moin Khan was standing strong and threatening to take the match away. But the crowd got me going and I managed to bowl Moin and win the series.

  • tao585 on March 27, 2014, 3:56 GMT

    the fans want to support one team or the other when their own team is not playing. It happens in Pakistan. In WC Final 2011, Pakistani fans were divided between supporting Indian Team and Sri Lankan team. Nobody put them in jail. Ahem ahem, it was the Pakistani cricket team which deliberately lost a match in 1999 so that Bangladesh could have the test status. :D.

  • Omar_Minhas on March 27, 2014, 3:54 GMT

    a sad decision and on top of it all ...a very sad reasoning/justification by the writer....

  • on March 27, 2014, 3:13 GMT

    I wish Bangladeshi team all the VERY best for the tournament.. but i cant help but wonder, if bangladesh can't make it to the semis.. or the finals..

    Which team bangladeshi supporters "should" be supporting that day?

  • on March 27, 2014, 3:05 GMT

    I agree that all countries have right. But we should not forget in international tournaments these flag wavings are part and parcel of the festivities. if these countries are unable to tolrate this simple act they should not be allowed to host any international event. I think these people should learn from England where people from subcontinent carrying British passport routinely wave the flags of the country of origin during a cricket match. I humbly request Bangladesh authorities to grow up or if they are unable or unwillingly they should stay away from staging these events even a bilateral evet should not be awarded to them. I praise the local crowd for maturing faster than the local authorities. we love you people of Bangladesh.

  • on March 27, 2014, 2:59 GMT

    ICC should do something about it cause that sad to see Bangladeshi ppl cant support other teams. Which is not fair at all come on Bangladesh government that not u wanna do that with their own ppl. Thats mean they dont want anymore big tournament im their country.

  • Matt.au on March 27, 2014, 2:05 GMT

    The article states that Bangladeshis were flying Pakastani flags. It doesn't state why they were flying them.

    Can anyone explain why Bangladeshis would be waving another countries flag - seemingly supporting another country over their own?

    Is it ex-Pakistanis' living in Bangladesh?

    Whenever Sri Lanka is playing in Australia you will see once Sri Lankan nationals, that are now Australians, gathered in their thousands at grounds waving the Sri Lankan flag.

    While being disappointing to some, it isn't illegal.

  • on March 27, 2014, 1:39 GMT

    What a narrow mindedness on the part of Bangladesh Authorities and the people who support this sheer non sportsmanship.

  • on March 27, 2014, 1:22 GMT

    To Mayisha Kabir:"No one is stopping anyone from supporting anyone" and putting a ban on waving flags of teams other than Bangladesh, Are you sure what you are trying to say? Bangladesh authorities are setting a record in the world by ordering their own countrymen to not to wave flags of other teams who have traveled all the way to participate in a sporting event. If Bangladesh authorities are hurt to this extent by this act of their countrymen then it would be better to not let those other teams participate in your event. Have that moral courage to acknowledge it if it has only to do with your patriotism.

  • syedzaf on March 27, 2014, 1:14 GMT

    There is no place for politics in cricket .. shame on Bangladesh govt

  • Zahidsaltin on March 27, 2014, 1:07 GMT

    It was may be possible for one to understand the directive if their concern was about some people supporting Pakistan in a match against the host nation. But it's totally unbelieveable that they don't let people support freeliy when Pakistan plays India or Australia. Is it Bangladesh or North Korea we are talking about. Secondly, it is an ICC event, a worldcup where it is very normal for the fans to support one nation or the other by raising banners an flags when their own nation is not playing the match.

  • ExpectUs on March 27, 2014, 0:36 GMT

    As they mentioned in the article, the law created in 1972 to strengthen nationalism and to prevent reversal of new independence has outlived its usefulness and now in present day it's outdated, silly

  • on March 26, 2014, 22:51 GMT

    I wanted to write just one word to sum up the flag banning but have to write minimum of 25 characters to get a post in. The word: ridiculous.

  • on March 26, 2014, 22:43 GMT

    shamefull!!!! i must say!! ICC should control the situation....

  • Tamilpower on March 26, 2014, 22:35 GMT

    @ispaewbi: Xlnt Point! The BCB has made some extremely questionable decisions in the past but this one just defies logic! Some points already made: The morality of it all and Less revenue because less people in attendance! 2nd point: I remember two previous governments that exuded such points: Nazi Germany and Soviet Union! Should a global event run by a supposed global body in the 'ICC' be dictated by a national body? Brazil had an alcohol ban in their stadiums and under the duress of FIFA and the Booze giants they have now reversed that ban as its a FIFA event ...hosted by Brazil..i.e an honor for Brazil to host such an event! Bangladesh cricket Board has obviously been honored with the prestige of hosting an event of this magnitude and they behave with such impunity? Shame! The People of Bangladesh are Super and there display of support for their guests has endured them to all nations across the world! Well done to the People of Bangladesh!

  • RED-TIGER on March 26, 2014, 21:21 GMT

    I think they are trying to say'' only Pakistani flag not allowed waving around town?? I suppose you could understand that as the scar still young!!

  • on March 26, 2014, 20:38 GMT

    Guyzzz! First of all if there is such rule then why Bangladesh Govt. implemented it during the WC. Secondly! This is an ICC event & Govt. can't interfere in such events or dictate the cricket fans.

  • seo7seo on March 26, 2014, 20:32 GMT

    I guess BD govt. failed to understand two teams (Pakistan and India) have a vast fan support around the globe. The only cricket board that can stand against BCCI is PCB in terms of revenue. Although, there has been no cricket in Pakistan for years, hence PCB is not facing any financial problems. This is all just because Pakistani team has its fans (just like India) around the globe (most of them in Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Sirilanka and Arab countries). Supporting a team in any match means nothing more than entertainment. Bangladeshi has taken the issue too far. They are digging too much into the issue. I know Bangladesh team will also enjoy the same popularity around the globe winning a few international tournaments.

  • ifti71 on March 26, 2014, 20:12 GMT

    Has anyone seen India vs England game in LORDS? Imagine if England does the same for forthcoming India vs England series.

    Sad & Disappointing how some political parties use hatred as fuel. Come on BD its just a Game. Please don't politicize it.

  • on March 26, 2014, 19:31 GMT

    shame on you BCB, coward decision

  • on March 26, 2014, 19:30 GMT

    highly deplorable decision by the Bbangladeshi Govt. Its against freedom of expression,,,

  • Masking_Tape on March 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    @ispaewbi, umm, how did you come to that conclusion? It says nothing on ban on attending games. And FYI They are feeling up stadiums like CRAZY. 85-90% of the stadiums have been filled! even in associates games. I didn't see any other World Cup do that. So don't spat out everything that comes to your mind.

  • kashi524 on March 26, 2014, 19:28 GMT

    i cannot understand whats the point to play cricket and organise world cup? if game is not enjoy or to bring people together then its just useless and waste of time and money. across the globe people praise their favourite teams. many pakistani love south african team, some australian and even there are people who praise dhoni and kohli openly... should we ban them ? its unacceptable and outrageous at international level. you allow people to watch pakistan match but cannot allow them to clap and cheer pakistan. simply ask Pakistan not to come in your country or dont sell tickets for that match... its more easy....

  • Desihungama on March 26, 2014, 19:26 GMT

    Pakistanis were waving Indian flags at Karachi stadium during their 2004 tour to Pakistan so what's the big deal here. Every commentator has said Bangladesh fans are best in the world and cheer for cricket and not just their own country. Plus, Pakistan has probably most number of people supporting it's cricket who are not Pakistanis. I think this move came about from losing and losing a lot lately coupled with current Bangladesh premier being a Pakistan hater. I do want to say if you force people not to love or cheer for anyone or anything particular you will have instead grown that love even more. Long live Bangladesh fans!

  • drnaveed on March 26, 2014, 19:22 GMT

    2 Mayisha Kabir : agreed . but my question is " Is this rule made just now , or does it existed before also. why this rule was implemented by the BD board earlier , if it was there , were they all sleeping before , just like their government , who are remembering old things after some 43 years, as if they had lost their memory earlier , now it is coming back ,as shown in the movies .

  • alipk52 on March 26, 2014, 18:57 GMT

    It doesn't matter if they ban that or keep the decision applicable for the remainder of the tournament, but as a Pakistani, I appreciate and admire those Bangladeshi fans waving Pakistani flags to show their support to our team, this is really lovely thing to see, but the problem comes when politics interferes between sport lovers, this needs to be stopped, Whenever Pakistani team plays in Sri Lanka or Bangladesh, I witness huge number of support for Pakistan if they're not playing against respective teams, we love your spirits, not because I am a Pakistani and you supported Pakistani team, but because of the fact you love cricket, in every games they come in numbers to witness that, and imposing such ban will do harm to none other than Bangladeshi government, this is sports, not politics yeah..

  • danishsyed88 on March 26, 2014, 18:46 GMT

    Disappointing news from the BD board. Talk about free will and sportsman spirit.

    This is how much they pride themselves (over nothing). They can't stand losing, even though that's nothing new to them. Other boards should readily criticize the BD board for their statement. It's better if they don't get any games at home at all now

  • asiacricket1234 on March 26, 2014, 18:34 GMT

    Great decision. It is OK to have a second favourite team and support them when they are not playing your country but waving others flags when your team is playing against them? How could someone do it? this law has been there for a long time and I am glad it is being implemented now and anyone who break this law should be prosecuted. It is by no mean acceptable that someone living in our country disrespecting our flag, our nationalism. Well Done BCB.

  • swingstowin on March 26, 2014, 18:15 GMT

    May i also add that a similar complaint came from Srilankan cricketers during the world cup 2011. But it was just a complaint,nothing more. Shows professionalism.

  • drnaveed on March 26, 2014, 18:04 GMT

    Saqlain Mushtaq tweet ... so true , seems to be here . "People were created to be loved. Things were created to be used. The reason , the world is in chaos is because things are being loved and people are being used "..........

  • swingstowin on March 26, 2014, 18:03 GMT

    What a sad decision. The writer justifies the decision by giving an account on the history. The history between India and Pakistan is full of many more incidents yet it didnt stop Pakistanis to support India against their own team!! here is a link of Balaji's interview that was published on this very site. Please read what he has to say.. Its really diasppointing to see a cricket board take such decisions. I hope cricinfo publishes this. http://www.espncricinfo.com/magazine/content/story/597369.html

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:57 GMT

    they fail to see that people don't take Pakistan/Indian/England flags to a soccer game like they do in a cricket game. they take Argentina or Brazil flag. what does that tell you? This govt just creates issues when there is none...

  • drnaveed on March 26, 2014, 16:46 GMT

    hats off to the BD fans , for supporting Pakistani team and players ,when ever , they play as a team and as individual in BPL , in BD . i remember , in their last match (b/w PAK and BD ) during man of the match ceremony , shahid afridi highly praised the BD cricket fans for supporting PAK team , and congratulated the BD sides for their efforts , remember he was from the winning side , whereas mushfiqur ,didn't had words of praise for the winning side, at all .

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:42 GMT

    No one is stopping anyone from supporting anyone. Bangladesh is an independent country, every nation has the right to uphold its own rules and regulation upon its citizens. Particularly in matters regarding FLAGS, which are not just a national symbol but they are a political symbol as well, hence it is most definitely within the authority's jurisdiction to bring in such. Does the decision reflects sportsmanship or not, shouldn't be a matter of consideration.

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:39 GMT

    it's not a good decision.. everyone has right to support his favourite team

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    then simply shouldnt support any other team and waste money on watching games where other teams are involved. and this means that we will now not see colourful faces in stands which we used to see in BD. so much passionate fans of cricket but politics is getting in between.

  • ispaewbi on March 26, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    So basically according to this logic, Fans shouldn't even be in a match that doesn't involve BD = Less Revenue and Empty Stadiums.

    Good going...

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    so sad, this is not the sportsmanship..........

  • jaymuk on March 26, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Hats off to bangladeshi cricket fans .. they just want to have fun .. go to stadium pick a team and cheer them wholeheartedly .. Imagine USA implementing this law by asking hispanics to not support Mexico when they play in USA.

  • drnaveed on March 26, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    it is just a game. every individual may have his 2nd favourite team apart from his home country , have favourite player or players whom he wants to see batting or bowling.people from other Countries loved to see vivian richards , sachin , lara , jaisuriya , kohli (to just name a few ) batting , seeing the WI fast bowlers in the past , the two Ws ,steyn imran ,hadlee,botham ,kapil bowling, jonty fielding .people appreciated their performances world wide .yes ,definitely , this ban violates the spirit of the game. ICC please take necessary action. BD government now in 2014 ,looking at things that had happened 43 years back ,we had fought wars with Ind , but even than the two Countries play with each other .thats the spirit of the game ....

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    It tells how people of Bangladesh love Pakistani team. I don't mind if the Bangladesh came in to being and I respect Bangladesh as a country and Bangladeshi people. But it is truly injustice if a mega sports event is going on and you just ban people to not to support their favorite team.

  • HatersAreOrdinary on March 26, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    a very well judged decision. we welcoming it wholeheartedly.

  • drnaveed on March 26, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    same old story of involving politics in the game , this time not by the big brother , but by the smaller one . instead of concentrating on the game , to look for the ways to improve their extremely poor record , and their lower ranking in the international cricket , their higher officials are concentrating on all other things other than cricket .

  • asporag on March 26, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Great & Right decision from Bangladesh......

  • on March 26, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    what a shame BD. Its only a sport.

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  • on March 26, 2014, 13:55 GMT

    what a shame BD. Its only a sport.

  • asporag on March 26, 2014, 15:10 GMT

    Great & Right decision from Bangladesh......

  • drnaveed on March 26, 2014, 15:35 GMT

    same old story of involving politics in the game , this time not by the big brother , but by the smaller one . instead of concentrating on the game , to look for the ways to improve their extremely poor record , and their lower ranking in the international cricket , their higher officials are concentrating on all other things other than cricket .

  • HatersAreOrdinary on March 26, 2014, 15:40 GMT

    a very well judged decision. we welcoming it wholeheartedly.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:50 GMT

    It tells how people of Bangladesh love Pakistani team. I don't mind if the Bangladesh came in to being and I respect Bangladesh as a country and Bangladeshi people. But it is truly injustice if a mega sports event is going on and you just ban people to not to support their favorite team.

  • drnaveed on March 26, 2014, 15:54 GMT

    it is just a game. every individual may have his 2nd favourite team apart from his home country , have favourite player or players whom he wants to see batting or bowling.people from other Countries loved to see vivian richards , sachin , lara , jaisuriya , kohli (to just name a few ) batting , seeing the WI fast bowlers in the past , the two Ws ,steyn imran ,hadlee,botham ,kapil bowling, jonty fielding .people appreciated their performances world wide .yes ,definitely , this ban violates the spirit of the game. ICC please take necessary action. BD government now in 2014 ,looking at things that had happened 43 years back ,we had fought wars with Ind , but even than the two Countries play with each other .thats the spirit of the game ....

  • jaymuk on March 26, 2014, 15:56 GMT

    Hats off to bangladeshi cricket fans .. they just want to have fun .. go to stadium pick a team and cheer them wholeheartedly .. Imagine USA implementing this law by asking hispanics to not support Mexico when they play in USA.

  • on March 26, 2014, 15:59 GMT

    so sad, this is not the sportsmanship..........

  • ispaewbi on March 26, 2014, 16:01 GMT

    So basically according to this logic, Fans shouldn't even be in a match that doesn't involve BD = Less Revenue and Empty Stadiums.

    Good going...

  • on March 26, 2014, 16:18 GMT

    then simply shouldnt support any other team and waste money on watching games where other teams are involved. and this means that we will now not see colourful faces in stands which we used to see in BD. so much passionate fans of cricket but politics is getting in between.