West Indies go into their quarter-final game against Pakistan in the World Cup fearing their own security more than the opposition.
That’s because of the incident three weeks ago when the West Indies bus got stoned after they beat Bangladesh.
Thankfully, Bangladesh officials have assured the West Indies team the highest level of security during their game with Pakistan in Mirpur on Wednesday.
The extra precaution is an effort to avoid a repeat of the embarrassing incident when angry locals pelted stones at the West Indies team bus following their thumping win against the home side at the same venue.
Dhaka police commissioner Benazir Ahmed said: “They can be assured of fool-proof security. It’s a state-level commitment. We shall make sure that there is no crowd along the key parts of the road to the stadium.”
Ahmed said the same security arrangement was provided to the South African team when they took on Bangladesh at the Shere Bangla Stadium on Saturday.
Bangladesh slumped to another huge defeat, bringing an end to their World Cup campaign ahead of the knockouts. This time, however, there was no angry reaction from the fans.
West Indies may need pelting anyway if their batting collapses like it did in their heavy defeat against India on Sunday.
Cayman’s technical director of cricket Theo Cuffy, a Trinidadian, feels they have a chance to get to the final but must get both batting and bowling right to do so. He said: “I’m happy we’re in the quarter-finals but not ecstatic about the way they are playing. Too much inconsistency. They’ve got to get back to a winning mindset. They are still not capitalising on their opportunities.
“West Indies need to dig in and construct batting partnerships and even down the order they need to bat better to get singles. They are trying shots out of nowhere and getting out unnecessarily.
“Against Pakistan they will face Umar Gul who looks like the best fast bowler in the tournament at the moment. But Kemar Roach has been bowling well for West Indies and so has Ravi Rampaul. Any team is capable of beating another and being an optimist I see us getting past Pakistan and going all the way to the final.”