Dhaka, home away from home for Pakistan

Updated: Mar 23, 2011, 18:34 PM IST

Dhaka: It is difficult to imagine whether Pakistan are playing at home or overseas. Pakistan flags fluttered in the galleries in large numbers and the fall of every West Indies wicket was greeted by a huge roar. There were Pakistan jerseys all over the Sher-e-Bangla StadiumA big cheer welcomed Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi when he joined the attack in the 17th over.

"A few hundred cricket lovers have come from our country," said a Pakistani journalist.

Apart from the Pakistani fans, the local cricket lovers seemed totally behind the sub-continental side. On the approach road to the stadium in Mirpur, a large number of local sports buffs were seen carrying Pakistani flags and animatedly discussing how Afridi`s team would devour the West Indies.

Apart from the sub-continental camaraderie, the popular anger against the West Indies also bolstered support for Pakistan. The Caribbean side dismissed Bangladesh for 58 to win their group game by nine wickets. Also, locals feel they needlessly made a big issue over a couple of pebbles thrown at the team bus after that game, that too mistakenly.

IANS