Bangladesh cricket fans have protested the Pakistan cricket team’s decision to plant its national flag at the Mirpur ground, where they were practicing ahead of the three-match T20I series. The move by the Pakistan team led to a major controversy. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has clarified that they started planting the national flag during practice sessions during the last two months. Pakistan coach Saqlain Mushtaq had started the same to boost the team’s morale. Bangladesh fans have created uproar in the past as well, needlessly. In the wake of their latest controversy, we look back at five previous instances when Bangladesh fans made news for the wrong reasons.
Photoshopped image of Taskin Ahmed holding MS Dhoni’s head
Ahead of the Asia Cup 2016 final between India and Bangladesh, an image went viral on social media in which Bangladesh bowler Taskin Ahmed is seen holding the head of former India captain MS Dhoni. The picture, reportedly created by a Bangladesh fan, led to a massive backlash on social media as many questioned the sportsmanship spirit of Bangladesh fans. India went on to defeat Bangladesh by eight wickets in the 2016 Asia Cup final. Shikhar Dhawan was named man of the match for his 44-ball 60 as India chased a target of 121 with ease.
Indian cricket fan Sudhir Gautam attacked by Bangladesh supporters
Celebrated Indian cricket fan Sudhir Gautam claimed that Bangladeshi supporters attacked him in Dhaka after India’s defeat in a one-day international in 2015. Gautam told a Hindi news channel that a mob assaulted him after the second ODI against Bangladesh. “When I cleared out the stadium, individuals mobbed me and began grabbing the Tricolor, breaking the handle of the fan.” He also added that he was pelted by stones while his auto-rickshaw was also attacked. Security officials came to his rescue as the mob chased kept chasing him.
Bangladesh fans trolled for calling Scotland’ unprofessional’
Bangladesh fans found themselves at the centre of another controversy when they attacked Scotland fans and called them ‘unprofessional’ after they interrupted Bangladesh’s captain’s post-match conference. Bangladesh were stunned by Scotland in Round 1 of the T20 World Cup 2021. As Bangladesh captain Mahmudullah was analyzing the defeat at the conference, Scotland fans erupted and made a huge noise, forcing the cricketer to hold his thought a bit. Mahmudullah kept his calm and answered queries once the noise level went down. However, Bangladesh fans did not stop and kept attacking Scotland on social media, hitting out at them. They were, in turn, trolled for lashing out at Scotland.
West Indies bus stoned
Bangladesh fans stooped to a new low when some unruly elements threw stones at West Indies’ bus after the Windies hammered Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup match. West Indies bundled out Bangladesh for a paltry 58 and then chased down the target with nine wickets in hand. As the West Indian team sat in the bus to return to the hotel after the match, fans threw stones, hitting the window and breaking the glass. West Indies batter Chris Gayle tweeted from the bus: “Bangladesh stoning our bus!!! Freaking glass Break!!! This is crap, can’t believe … what next bullets!!!”
Brendon McCullum trolled after inaccurate prediction
Brendon McCullum made some interesting predictions ahead of the 2019 World Cup based on his views of teams, which were harmless in nature. McCullum picked England, India, Australia, and New Zealand as the top four sides. His predictions came correct, but he had stated that Bangladesh would lose all games except the one against Sri Lanka. After Bangladesh went on to upset South Africa, fans of the Banga Tigers hit out at McCullum. There were several insulting memes created on him. The former Kiwi skipper praised Bangladesh for their win over Proteas.