Some of the Bangladeshi cricketers on Monday took to the social media to inform that Bangladesh’s national anthem was silent during their first Twenty20 international match against Afghanistan in Dehradun, India.
Mismanagements by the Afghanistan Cricket Board and local organisers have become allegation in the series as it went into new level as opener Tamim Iqbal and middle-order batsman Mahmudullah said in their Facebook page that they did not hear the sound of national anthem during Sunday’s match.
The players claimed that while the TV viewers could hear both the anthems, Bangladeshi players and staffs didn’t hear the anthem as the Bangladeshi anthem was not played in the ground.
However, the Afghanistan anthem was played properly with clear sound.
‘Some fans watching Sunday’s first T20 international on TV may have misunderstood the confusion in the faces of some Bangladesh team members during the playing of the national anthems. The fact is that while the Afghanistan anthem was audible, the Bangladesh anthem could not be heard from the ground for whatever reason as the players waited for it to be played. Interestingly, the TV viewers could hear the anthems although the Bangladesh anthem was not heard by us players,’ Tamim said in his Facebook page.
Later Mahmudullah posted the same write-up in his verified page.
Bangladesh lost the game by 45 runs against Afghanistan and will face them again in the second Twenty20 match on Tuesday at the Rajeev Gandhi International Cricket Stadium.
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