5 Mar 2011

West Indian bus attacked by angry fans

7:06 am on 5 March 2011

Angry Bangladesh fans stoned the West Indies team bus on Friday night after the home team crashed to a humiliating nine-wicket defeat in their cricket World Cup clash in Dhaka.

Two windows of the bus were smashed as it was leaving the Sher-e-Bangla stadium after the match in what police claimed was a case of mistaken identity.

Imtiaz Ahmed, deputy commissioner of police in Dhaka, says the fans thought it was the Bangladeshi team bus and hurled stones at it.

While no-one was injured the West Indian star Chris Gayle, a former national captain, had tweeted from the vehicle during the attack, claiming the players had been terrified.

"This is ridiculous. Damn. World Cup with so much security and this happens. Big joke. Trust me I am not keen here. Every player lay flat," he wrote on his Twitter account.

He added: "This is some bullshit.....Bangladesh stoning our bus!!! Freaking glass Break!!! This is crap, can't believe..what next, bullets!!!!"

The Bangladesh Cricket Board president Mustafa Kamal apologised to the West Indies for the incident.

Violence also broke out in the Dhaka University campus as angry students torched Bangladeshi team jerseys and placards after the home team's comprehensive defeat.