Bangladesh were crowned Champions at the end of the ICC U19 World Cup 2020 but the final did finish at a bitter note as the players from both the sides were involved in some ugly brawls post match. Just after hitting the winning runs, it is heard that Bangladeshi players hurled abuses at Indian U19 boys which turned the cricket field into a battlefield where the scenes got pretty ugly. ICC said it is looking into this matter and further details are expected to come sooner.
It is not the first time Bangladeshi players, support staff or the cricket loving public have disgusted everyone with their behavior during a game or after it. We take a look at 5 instances when they crossed the line ( not the borders of neighboring countries, they are quite famous for that too) while trying to express their emotions, particularly after a win.
Nidhahas Trophy, 2018
It was a rare, ugly, disappointing and at the same time, a very funny incident which had taken place during a match between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh in the Nidhahas Trophy 2 years ago. During the final over of a tight chase, Bangladeshi captain Shakib Al Hasan threatened to take off his players from the field to protest a bad umpiring decision ( in his view ).
With the first two balls of the over being the bouncers, Shakib and other Bangladeshi players felt the second ball should’ve been a No ball which wasn’t adjudged by the umpire. However, there were confusions over whether the umpire had counted the first bouncer as ‘ Over the Shoulder ‘ or not. When a Bangladeshi substitute Nazmul Hasan was involved in a verbal joust with Kusal Mendis which also included some physical contact between the players, an angry Shakib decided to call off his batsmen. The matter was resolved with intervention and Mahmudullah took them over the line to book a place in the finals knocking the host Sri Lanka out by holding his nerves. What followed after was again, very ugly but funny as a neutral. The players of the winning team went overboard with joy and started performing ‘ Naagin Dance ‘ in front of Sri Lankan dressing room. Few moments later, a picture of broken glass door of Bangladeshi dressing room was also found on Internet.
Later in the final, Sri Lankan fans turned up in huge numbers to support India as they were riled up by the overly aggressive gestures made by Bangladeshis during the match against their own country. Dinesh Karthik’s last ball 6 gave a fitting end to the game and the whole stadium erupted with joy as the Sri Lankans were seen doing Naagin dance mocking Bangladeshi players for their behavior the other night.
Against Jos Buttler in 2016
Bangladeshi fans are famous for their over the top celebrations or reactions but to see their cricketers getting involved in such nasty verbal spat was truly disappointing. This incident is from 2016 when England had toured Bangladesh for a 3 ODI series. The visitors had won the first ODI comfortably and bundled out Bangladesh at only 238 in the second ODI.
During the chase though, England top order suffered a collapse which was later arrested by a 78 runs partnership between Jonny Bairstow and captain Jos Buttler. Bangladesh struck back with the wicket of Bairstow and when they had an on field decision overturned against Buttler via Decision Review System, they sniffled victory and went wild with their celebrations. Several players exchanged words with the batsman as he made his way back to the pavilion. It was only controlled by the intervention of umpires who had to step up quickly with the tension rising high between the players. Both the culprits Mashrafe Mortaza and Shabbir Rehman were fined 20% of their match fees while Buttler was given a warning for reacting in that fashion.
” The Bangladesh players overstepped in their celebration of Jos Buttler’s wicket, which prompted an inappropriate reaction from the dismissed batsman ” – Match referee Javagal Srinath said in a ICC statement
When the game ended and both the players lined up for customary handshakes, Tamim Iqbal and Ben Stokes were also indulged in a verbal fight and physical contact. Stokes, on Twitter explained the reason behind why he lost his cool.
World Cup Quarter-Final 2015
It was a high pressure knockout game and thus an adrenaline rush in some of the big moments was understandable but the circumstances began to get ugly with Rubel Hossain getting Virat Kohli out and giving him a mouthful of words as a send-off and ended with Bangladeshi Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina whining about her team’s loss.
It is true that Indian opener Rohit Sharma was benefited by a controversial No ball decision from the on field umpire which helped Sharma get to his 100. Rohit was on 90 when the luck favored him. He added 47 more runs to his total before getting dismissed on 137. Bangladesh went on to lose that game by 109 runs but the way they reacted made them look like they lost the match only because of the additional contribution from Sharma’s bat.
It was an umpiring mistake which is part and parcel of cricket and no team in the world has their luck going every day but Bangladeshi officials made it a circus as they clearly failed to deal with the defeat. ICC President Mustafa Kamal resigned from his designation to show solidarity with his country while Sheikh Hasina went on to say that Bangladesh were made to lose the game intentionally so players didn’t need to be upset about the loss.
” Happiness is this, now I can sleep much better “
This low blow from one of the Bangladesh’s most decorated cricketers Mushfiqur Rahim came after India’s heartbreaking loss to West Indies in the semifinal of T20 World Cup, 2016. Rahim found a sadistic pleasure in India’s defeat as his own side gifted India a shocking 1 run win in the same tournament. Rahim himself was badly trolled for not being able to finish the game and his premature celebrations which he couldn’t digest and found a solace in West Indies knocking India out of the competition. His Facebook post was absolutely disgusting & distasteful and he was rightly criticized for it.
U19 World Cup Final, Yesterday
When the seniors, some even having legendary status in the nation have already set the bad precedent with their behaviors, you can’t expect juniors to not to go the same way. Bangladesh created history by winning their first ever U19 World cup but they went overboard with their celebration. They don’t win too often and so this immature behavior after a win was understandable but then the other few incidents suggest that they behave similarly even when they lose, something they are more used to of than the winning.
Bangladeshi players provoked a fight with the opponents by saying few bad words to them on their faces which initiated an altercation between players of both sides. It got to an extent that players from both sides were also indulged in pushing and shoving which continued for some 40-50 seconds until the Indian coach Paras Mhambrey who finally managed to calm his boys and took them to the Dressing room.
Even though Bangladesh’s captain Akbar Ali apologized for the behavior of his boys, it didn’t come as a great example for people, especially just after the moments when his side created history. It was shameful.
Throwing stones at West Indies Team bus in 2011
Right after losing a Group B game from the hands of West Indies in 2011 World Cup, the Bangladeshi supporters turned violent as they threw stones at West Indies’ team bus in which the victorious players were returning to their hotel. Taking to twitter, opener Chris Gayle showed his displeasure over this incident.
” This is some b*******, Bangladesh stoning our bus!!! Freaking glass break!!! This is c***, can’t believe..what next bullets!!!! Kiss teeth “
Earlier in the game, West Indies restricted the co-hosts for the tournament for only 58 which is still their lowest ODI score and then went on to chase that total very comfortably. According to the local police, some of the people mistook West Indies bus for the Bangladesh bus as they wanted to show their disappointment over their embarrassing loss by throwing stones at the players of their own team. Not the right way to protest definitely, something which can’t be accepted in a civilized society. The window panes of the bus were shattered but thankfully, no one got hurt.