Dhaka, March 4: Talk about being spoilsports. Following Bangladesh's crushing defeat at the hands of the West Indies at Mirpur on Friday afternoon, frayed tempers and inflamed emotions amidst the disgruntled Bangladeshi public gave way to an untoward incident.
The bus ferrying the Windies team back to their hotel was stoned. Although there were no injuries and the stones didn't penetrate the windows of the vehicles, members of the team were left quite shaken.
"This is some bull****," West Indies opener Chris Gayle, tweeted moments after the incident. "Bangladesh stoning our bus!!! Freaking glass break!!! What next, bullets!!!! Kiss teeth"
The team's media manager, Philip Spooner, confirmed that two windows cracked, but none shattered. "We left the ground, and on our way back to the hotel, a couple of stones did hit our window," Spooner said. "Both teams are back at the hotel and are safe."
The incident occurred after West Indies completed a thumping nine-wicket victory over the hosts in a match that lasted all of 31.1 overs. The displeasure among the crowd was evident when they started throwing placards onto the playing field the moment Bangladesh lost their last wicket to be bowled out for their lowest-ever ODI total - 58.
A Bangladesh police official said the fans had mistaken the West Indies bus for the Bangladesh bus. "The fans thought it was the Bangladeshi team bus and they hurled stones at it," Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy commissioner of police in Dhaka, told AFP. "The window panes were shattered, but no one was injured."
Bangladesh Cricket Board president, Mustafa Kamal apologised for the incident, but assured that there was enough security in place. "We are sorry about the incident. This is the first time it is happening here," he said. "Now we will take extra care. Much more security measures will be taken care of."