Contrasting statements from Bangladesh, India captains
Things did neither go easy nor remain calm in the final of the ICC Under-19 World Cup between Bangladesh and India on Sunday, with players of the two teams seen engaging in an exchange of words and even some pushing and shoving on the field.
And the eventual result of all this was quite serious, as a Bangladeshi flag were left damaged in the process. It followed moments of tension between players at several points during the game which Bangladesh won by three wickets to lift their maiden World Cup.
But the interesting part his, there have been contrasting statements from two teams’ captains regarding the controversy. While the Bangladesh captain Akbar Ali apologized on behalf of his side for the incident, Indian captain Priyam Garg made an attempt to establish that the Bangladeshi players were to blame.
“What happened, it should not [have] happened. I don’t know what exactly happened. I didn’t ask what was going on. But, you know, in the final, emotion can come out, and sometimes the boys were getting pumped, and emotions were coming through.
“As a youngster, it shouldn’t happen. In any position, in any manner, we have to show the respect to the opponent, we should have respect for the game. Cricket is known for being a gentleman’s game. So I’ll say, I’ll be sorry for my team,” said the Bangladesh captain who led his team to the win with an unbeaten 43 in a tense finish and was adjudged the Player of the Final.
On the other hand, the Indian skipper termed the reactions of the Bangladeshi players as “dirty”, saying: “We were easy. We think it’s part and parcel of the game – you win some and you lose some. But their reaction was dirty. I think it shouldn’t have happened. But it’s okay.”
Though there has been no official reaction yet from the ICC on the players’ actions, but the ICC is likely to be taking the issue “seriously”. A fuller update on this issue will be available on Monday from the match referee, Graeme Labrooy.