ICC has no plans to move matches from Bangladesh: Lorgat

Sydney: Condemning the attack on the West Indies team bus by Bangladesh fans, ICC chief executive Haroon Lorgat has said that there are no immediate plans to move games from aka.

Bangladesh supporters reacted angrily after seeing their side bowled out for just 58 by the West Indies in Dhaka on Friday in a World Cup match the visitors won by nine wickets.

According to a leading newspaper “The bus came under attack as it was heading back to the West Indies team hotel, in what police called a case of mistaken identity, as fans thought it was the Bangladesh team’s bus.”

Lorgat said the ICC had no immediate plans to move matches from Bangladesh, with England and South Africa still to play group fixtures in the country against the Tigers.

Two quarter-finals are also scheduled for Dhaka.

“The reaction is one of disappointment, because that’s exactly what we’d not like to see but I think we must have perspective. It was a minor incident,” Lorgat said.

“It was some disappointed fans, as a result of the home team being defeated so convincingly by the visitors. My understanding is that a few individuals threw pebbles at the bus,” he said.

Asked if games could be moved from Bangladesh, should teams object on security grounds, Lorgat replied: “We would not move the games lightly but it is not something which we would discount completely. I don’t believe that particular incident justifies any game being moved just yet. I am extremely confident we will see the tournament through as scheduled.”