Dhaka, March 8: Bangladeshi opening batsman Tamim Iqbal has called for infuriated fans to calm down in the wake of his side's crushing 9-wicket loss to the West Indies last Friday. He has asked the aficionados to check their rampant emotions and desist from causing untoward incidents after an unruly group flung stones at the Windies bus.
"I request the fans not to do any silly things," Tamim told reporters in Chittagong on Monday.
So far, Bangladesh have won one of their three games, losing also by 87 runs to co-hosts India in the tournament opener on Feb 19, but beating Ireland between their defeats.
"We will win some days and lose some days as that is cricket and they need to support us through good times as well as bad times," said the left-hander.
Bangladesh faced the wrath of fans after a dominating West Indies bundled them out for their lowest ever ODI total of 58 runs. The fans booed the Bangladesh team at the ground and threw their shoes on to the road in front of their bus on their return to the team hotel, a huge insult in the country.
The attack on the West Indies team bus was taken up in all seriousness by Bangladesh security forces and politicians, leading to the tightening of safety measures including the introduction of armoured personnel carriers to accompany team buses. Plus, Bangladesh's elite force Rapid Action Battalion (RAB) arrested at least 28 in connection with the stoning of the bus, though local media said all of them were released on bail.
Police said they also took a fan into custody in Chittagong on Sunday for showing his thumbs to Bangladesh players, again a big insult in the country."He (the fan) realised his mistake and was also repentant. We released him following a request by the players," Deputy Police Commissioner of Chittagong told Reuters.
Vice-captain Tamim hoped a more confident show against England in their next match on Friday in Chittagong would change the perception of fans about the Bangladesh team. "I am sure one good game will change the total scenario and you will see a different Bangladesh team," he said.