14 May, 2021

Bangla Beamer

It's not merely a threat to our cricketers. There are deeper bilateral issues with Bangladesh.

Bangla Beamer
When Saurav Ganguly and his team arrived at the Zia International Airport in Dhaka on December 8, cricket aficionados in Bangladesh were relieved at getting their chance to watch the wizardry of superstars such as Sachin Tendulkar. Extremely passionate about their game, people here had been on tenterhooks over the possibility of New Delhi calling off the tour because of a threat letter the Indian High Commission had received from an Islamic militant group, Harkatul Jihad.

From the moment the team arrived in Dhaka, security concerns overshadowed all expectations of thrill the ongoing tour had engendered. At the airport itself, journalists were banished to a distance where they couldn't possibly pose a threat. That this tour wasn't just about cricket became obvious as the police escorted the Indian cricketers to Dhaka's prestigious Pan-Pacific Sonargaon Hotel. And there were the uniformed men toting automatic guns menacing enough to dampen the spirits of autograph-hunters.

At the time of writing this report, officials in Dhaka were mulling over the security...

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