Rock thrown at Australia team bus

After levelling the T20 series against India, the Australian cricketers had a scary experience as a rock was thrown at their team bus. The incident happened while the team was returning to the hotel from the Barsapara Stadium on Tuesday night.

Australian players were 'pretty scared' with the incident.   -  Twitter/Aaron Finch

After levelling the T20 series against India, the Australian cricketers had a scary experience as rock was thrown at their team bus. The incident happened while the team was returning to the hotel from the Barsapara Stadium, near Guwahati, on Tuesday night.

Aussie batsman Aaron Finch took to Twitter to express his concerns. “Pretty scary having a rock thrown through the team bus window on the way back to the hotel!!,” Finch tweeted.

 

This is, however, not the first time that such incidents happened to the Australia team in the sub-continent. During their tour to Bangladesh in September, stones were thrown at the team bus in Chittagong. That had created panic among the cricketers.

Police denies Finch claims

Amitabha Das Sharma adds from Guwahati: The city police of Guwahati, which has been in charge of the security of the visiting Australian team, has preliminarily denied the claim of the Australian opener Aaron Finch, who first tweeted about an incident where a “rock was thrown” at the visitor’s team bus when it made its way back to the hotel after winning the T20I match against India. “Nothing of this sort may have happened. It is wrong to say something like this. Probably a stray stone had hit the bus for which the (Australian) players may have got scared. It can only be confirmed after the matter is properly investigated,” Hiren Chandra Nath, the Commissioner of Police, Guwahati said in reply to queries from media. Even the host Assam Cricket Association officials, failed to come up with any facts about the incident.

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The details about the incident were posted at the Cricket Australia website by Martin Smith, who was at Guwahati with the team.  “Australia's cricketers have had a scare following their T20 win in Guwahati after a rock was thrown at their team bus, shattering one of the windows. No one was hurt in the incident, but it has left a sour taste coming just minutes after their eight-wicket win at the Barsapara Stadium,” the report said.

“Players and staff were travelling from the ground back to their team hotel when someone threw a rock, believed to be roughly the size of a cricket ball, at a window on the right-hand side of the bus. The projectile pierced through the glass and ended up inside the bus, shattering the window. In a remarkable piece of good fortune, no one was sitting on the seat next to the window when it was broken. While no one was injured, the Australian players were understandably shaken up by the incident. It's the second time in five weeks that the Australian team's bus has been targeted: a small rock was thrown at their bus in Chittagong during the second Test there early last month,” it added.