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Bangladesh to probe alleged car-stoning

Reuters, CHITTAGONG, BANGLADESH

The Bangladesh Cricket Board are to carry out an investigation after the car carrying match officials following Tuesday’s defeat by Pakistan was alleged to have been stoned.

Home fans in Chittagong for the third one-day international (ODI) against Pakistan were angry with South African umpire Johan Cloete after he decided Bangladesh all-rounder Farhad Reza was out LBW off the bowling of spinner Saeed Ajmal.

Fans booed when the replay of the incident was shown on the giant screen at the ground, as it appeared Reza had managed to get his bat to the ball first.

After Reza’s dismissal, Bangladesh then lost their last three wickets for two runs to be bowled out for 119 and a 58-run defeat to lose the ODI series 3-0.

“An incident happened and the window of the car carrying the match officials broke,” the security chief of the Bangladesh Cricket Board, Mesbahuddin Serniabat, told reporters yesterday.

“But we are not fully convinced if it is because of stoning. It may be just an accident. We are investigating the matter,” he said, adding that no one was hurt in the incident.

This is second reported incident of a stoning in a year at a cricket match in Banglades, after the West Indies team bus was pelted after they bowled out Bangladesh for 58 runs during the Cricket World Cup in March.

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