A bus carrying match referees and umpires of the Dhaka Premier League (DPL) was attacked by protesting locals in Savar on Sunday. The incident took place in the morning when the microbus was heading towards Bangladesh Krira Shikkha Protishtan (BKSP)
The protesting locals pelted stones at the bus, delaying their arrival in the stadium. The incident also delayed the start of one of the morning games. The bus was carrying eight match officials. Thankfully, no one inside the bus was injured.
Other vehicles carrying other officials and players had escaped the site. Kazi Inam Ahmed, the chairman of the cricket committee of Dhaka Metropolis, condemned the incident. He also lauded the officials for showing courage against such unprecedented attacks.
“The match officials showed great courage in the face of such an incident. They could start the matches at 9.30 am. The match officials had a police escort but four of them were facing thousands of people in that protest,” Kazi Inam Ahmed told ESPNCricinfo.
According to the reports, the cars were held up for around 15 to 20 minutes, after which the match officials escaped. The protesting locals destroyed the bus carrying the DPL match officials.
Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan recently grabbed the limelight with his ‘unacceptable’ act during Mohammedan Sporting’s game against Abahani Limited in the Dhaka Premier League.
The former Bangladesh skipper was unhappy with the umpire’s decision to turn down his lbw appeal against Mushfiqur Rahim. The 34-year-old first kicked the stumps and later uprooted them as the umpires called for the covers due to bad weather.
had an exchange with Abahani coach Khaled Mahmud, who is also a BCB director, while walking off the field. On Saturday, he was suspended for three matches and fined BDT 5 lakh owing to his outburst.