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West Indies assured 'state-level' security in Mirpur

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March 21, 2011

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The Mirpur crowd threw their '4' and '6' placards at the Bangladesh team after they had been bowled out for 58, Bangladesh v West Indies, Group B, World Cup 2011, Mirpur, March 4, 2011
Bangladesh fans began to throw placards into the playing area as their side collapsed against West Indies © Getty Images
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Bangladesh officials have assured the West Indies team 'state-level' security during their World Cup quarter-final clash against Pakistan in Mirpur on March 23. The extra precaution is an effort to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing incident on March 4, when angry locals pelted stones at the West Indies team bus following their thumping win against the home side at the same venue.

"The West Indies are our valued guests and we will ensure the highest state-level security to them," Dhaka police commissioner Benazir Ahmed told AFP. "They can be assured of fool-proof security. It's a state-level commitment. We shall make sure that there is no crowd along the key parts of the road to the stadium."

Ahmed said the same security arrangement was provided to the South African team when they took on Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla Stadium on Saturday. Bangladesh slumped to another huge defeat in that game, bringing an end to their World Cup campaign ahead of the knockouts. This time, however, there was no angry reaction from the fans.

Bangladesh's early exit could have an impact on the attendance at the Shere Bangla Stadium, which will also host the quarter-final clash between New Zealand and South Africa on March 25.

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Comments: 26 
Posted by Clint_ZA on (March 23, 2011, 7:02 GMT)

@Taz786 Interesting logic, and totally different to what I usually use. If my team gets knocked out of a tournament by another team I would rather that team went on to win the competition, or at least came close. That way you could then say that at least your team got knocked out by the eventual champions. Just seems more honourable than getting beaten by a team that didn't do much better.

Posted by calvin_n on (March 23, 2011, 6:05 GMT)

Good luck to both teams though I will be rooting for Windies.

Posted by lateswing_witholdball on (March 23, 2011, 6:04 GMT)

will the security cover the deadly attack from Pakistani batsmen/bowlers ??

Bangladesh supports Pakistan !!!

Posted by Nathan1949 on (March 22, 2011, 13:59 GMT)

Benn should give way to Bishoo, Bravo behind the stumps gives the team Chanderpaul for Thomas. The big decision is really Sammy vs Ramphal. The only reason Sammy wins out is captaincy,which was not in the least that tactical. Sammy has a chance to stand down here and give the team its best chance providing that Gayle or Sarwan fills the breach this match!

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 12:43 GMT)

One thin I have always seen when Pak have played in Bangladesh - they always have the support of the home crowd. And I love it. I am pretty sure there will be huge support turning up for Pakistan tomorrow.

Posted by miz29 on (March 22, 2011, 10:46 GMT)

someone need to wake up the WI management!!! Sammy needs to go , he is a wasted space on the side. Gayle, smith, bravo, sarwan, shiv, pollard, thomas, russel, rampaul, bishoo, roach is a better balance team.

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 10:14 GMT)

Bangladesh Spectators are well behaved and cricket Crazy crowd its very unfair to label the whole bunch of fan for the crime made by handful of people

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 10:05 GMT)

i dont know y but i am having this feeling of westindies winning this match convincingly...as pakistan has yet not fail and they are due..so ... and Pakistan is much more balanced side... drawback of west indies inexperienced players.. inexperience which actually led to the downfall against india...

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 10:04 GMT)

West Indies clash with Pakistan is battle of unpredictable.If West Indies bat first and score in the region between 240-260 they have the upper hand.While as per Chasing I cant fancy West Indies as they can collapse from almost any position still good game in our hands batsman like Chris Gayle and Kevin pollard are the batsman to be watched out

Posted by   on (March 22, 2011, 9:58 GMT)

West Indies are maverick. If they surpise ne one that would be no surpise.

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