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WIPA concerned after stone-pelting incident

ESPNcricinfo staff

March 5, 2011

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The Mirpur crowd were not too pleased with Bangladesh's poor showing, Bangladesh v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, March 4, 2011
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The West Indies Players' Association, the players' representative body in the Caribbean, has strongly condemned the stone-pelting of the West Indies team bus by angry fans following Bangladesh's nine-wicket defeat in Dhaka. It also expressed concern claiming that the West Indies team was not provided a security consultant whilst other participating teams had been by their respective boards.

"It is regrettable what transpired in Bangladesh, thankfully none of our players are hurt," The WIPA chairman Dinanath Ramnarine was quoted in a release. "The potential for terrible incidents like this one today is why we insist that the standards agreed for regional and international matches must be continuously assessed and must be met at all times as it relates to the security of our players and other related matters.

"We just cannot wait for something more serious to happen to pay attention to the issue of security, we need to be proactive".

The WIPA has requested the ICC and/or the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) for a full report of the incident, and called for a revised security assessment to ensure such an incident didn't happen again.

The release added: "Given the serious ambush and assault by gunmen on the bus of the Sri Lankan players almost exactly two years ago to the date, WIPA is concerned that while other teams were provided with their personal security consultant by their respective boards, the West Indies team was not provided with the same level of support.

"WIPA is naturally concerned about the attack - more specifically about the ability of individuals to be able to attack the bus, without the protection layer promised in the Event security plans …"

Haroon Lorgat, the ICC chief executive, played down the incident, calling it "minor". The WICB, meanwhile, said the team had a meeting and left for Mohali for its next game as planned. "The WICB is satisfied with the security arrangements for the Cricket World Cup and the team management will continue to work closely with the event organisers and local officials to ensure that the safety and well being of the players remains paramount at all times."

The Bangladesh bowling coach, Ian Pont, told ESPNcricinfo that the Bangladesh team bus had also been stoned.

Fans in Dhaka apologised to both teams the next day.

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Comments: 8 
Posted by Farhad-Shamsi on (March 7, 2011, 2:46 GMT)

Dear West Indies Cricket fans: Your team came from half a world away to play in our country. This incident has ashamed us more than our team's lousy performance. Hopefully, BD officials will look into the security matters more thoroughly. Vast majority of Bangladeshi cricket fans just want to apologize to all of you from the bottom of our hearts for this terrible incident. - BD cricket fan.

Posted by ChrisH on (March 6, 2011, 17:11 GMT)

I'm sure all is forgiven by the WI team. Certainly I don't think they would blame the entire nation of Bangladesh for the actions of a few miscreants.

However as Nick Swanson has pointed out, it is troubling, even disgusting that WIPA has jumped on this to attack the WICB. In their release they state: "Given the serious ambush and assault by gunmen on the bus of the Sri Lankan players almost exactly two years ago to the date, WIPA is concerned that while other teams were provided with their personal security consultant by their respective boards, the West Indies team was not provided with the same level of support."

But what I don't get from the release is how a "personal security consultant" was going to prevent the stones from being thrown or hitting the bus. And if "other teams" have such a consultant including Bangladesh and their bus got stoned (and even the house of the captain got stoned), what is the point in WIPA arguing for this? Seems like they just want attention is all.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2011, 16:50 GMT)

This is a test of Bangladeshi fans' temperament.. BD is a team in its moulding.. The youngest team in this WC. With experience, they can go a long way in the future. But these uch angry reactions from the crowd may scare a few talented cricketers, making them give up the career.. If they support them in these tough situations, BD will come back hard. If not, within a year or so, it ll be back to where it began, at 1996..

Posted by   on (March 6, 2011, 11:44 GMT)

Dear WI Cricket Team & all the fans of Cricket world, Please forgive us for that significant incident, which happened fully unintentionally. We love Cricket as we love our soul, our country. Cricket is our thought , cricket is our passion. So Please ignore that unintentional act..........From the People of Bangladesh

Posted by   on (March 6, 2011, 7:13 GMT)

While the spontaneous response of many of the people of Bangladesh to the news of the stone throwing is good newsto us in the West Indies, we are still concerned. We all knew that the cricket-loving nation would not condonde what has happened and we truly appreciate their apology and their outpour of concern. But, on the other hand we are a bit surprised, even offended, by the ICC official calling it 'minor'. I have been in a bus that was stoned when I was in a foreign country and the sound on stones crashing into the bus (amplified as it is by the fact that the bus windows are closed) is quite frightening. When one considers that what may have crossed the cricketers' minds is the incident with the Sri Lankan team (and involving other sports teams in recent years), it is very insensitive to dismiss it as minor. Even in a country of peaceful fun-loving fans like Bangladesh, one only needs a few crackpots to bring about a tragedy. So WIPA is correct in asking for better security.

Posted by   on (March 6, 2011, 3:27 GMT)

Brilliant, yet another thing the WIPA is going to try to use against the WICB. Maybe the WIPA should just run Cricket in the Windies themselves, seeing as nothing else seems suitable.

Posted by   on (March 5, 2011, 21:30 GMT)

Dear West Indies, We are extremely ashamed and sorry at this incident. No words can help ameliorate what the West Indies Cricket team had to suffer because of some insensible, insolent human being. To Mr Gayle and the rest of the team, please understand that this incident was totally out of real flow. WI and all other team are always welcomed by the general people of Bangladesh. We love the game of cricket .West Indies cricket team has been a great team over the years. What happened was unintentional from us. But we ,the people of Bangladesh are seeking apology from you guys. Keep on your good works and best of wishes for matches to come. WE ARE SORRY. --------------------- People of Bangladesh

Posted by   on (March 5, 2011, 21:30 GMT)

March 05 , 2011 ,at 6am ,very early morning ,"Lets say sorry to our guest" team with their nearly hundred members gathered at shahbagh, bought flowers did ready their banners written "sorry" and ten visited sheraton to give WI team flowers and written apology. Gayle didn't come down for some security reasons but he sent his mobile for taking photos. Sammy received the flowers on behalf of the WI team. WI captain was chking the photos of our movements and banners for saying sorry to him and his team in his own cellphone.He sent someone to take the photos after receiving our letter of apology and flowers.

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