Just when it seemed that the heated argument between Sri Lanka and Bangladesh cricketers had ended on the ground, a new image has appeared which shows a broken glass door of the Bangladesh dressing room at the R. Premadasa Stadium. This happened after the Sri Lanka-Bangladesh T20I game in Colombo which the hosts lost by two wickets. The Indian Express has learned from Colombo that the ground staff has been asked to study the CCTV footage and find out who caused the damage.
It has been reported that while celebrating their win over Sri Lanka, a Bangladesh player allegedly broke the glass door. Bangladesh were chasing 160 for a place in the Nidahas Trophy semi-final and they won on the penultimate ball of the game.
But, the broken glass has thrown in more work for match referee Chris Broad. While he has seen the footage, he has also asked the ground staff to name the player who has done the damage. According to latest updates on the incident by espncricinfo, Broad said that the names taken by the catering staff cannot be understood as facts and he would need to look further into the footage from the outside looking in. The report adds that Bangladesh’s team management have offered to compensate for the damage caused.
During the virtual semifinal clash between the two teams, tempers flared on the field when Bangladesh required 12 runs off the last over. The first ball by Isuru Udana was a short-pitched delivery which was a dot ball. The second one, which was seemingly at a chest angle, created a stir after Bangladesh players demanded appealed for a no-ball, saying it was a bouncer. Mustafizur Rahman failed to connect any bat on the ball and was dismissed by a run-out, which caused the tensions to break out between Bangladesh sub-fielders and Sri Lanka fielders.
While Shakib Al-Hasan asked his players to come back to the pavilion, and threatened to stage a walk-off, the umpires came out in the middle to diffuse the tension. Luckily, common sense prevailed and the match continued.
Even after the winning six by Mahmudullah, that sealed the match in the visitors favour, there was little customary handshake as players continued to show anger. Kusal Mendis, who is known generally for his cool and calm behaviour, was seen arguing with Bangladesh players, but was controlled on the field by Tamim Iqbal.