Cricket fan arrested for throwing stone at Pakistan team bus
by AFP

Ground:Keenan Stadium, Jamshedpur
Event:Pakistan in India 2004/05

DateLine: 7th April 2005


An Indian cricket fan has been arrested for throwing a stone at the Pakistani cricket team bus, shattering a window and narrowly missing captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, an official said.


The incident occurred on Wednesday afternoon after the Indian and Pakistani teams arrived at Ranchi airport on their way to Jamshedpur, where the third one-day international will be played on Saturday.


As the Pakistan team bus left the airport, a stone was hurled from the roadside where thousands had gathered to catch a glimpse of the cricketers, according to Pakistan team manager Saleem Altaf.


"The stone broke the window pane and just missed Inzamam who was sitting nearby," Altaf said on Thursday.


"I believe the man responsible has been arrested."


Pakistan cancelled a scheduled practice session in Jamshedpur on Wednesday evening because of the incident, Altaf said.


"The boys were a bit shaken so Inzamam asked the team to take the rest of the day off," he said.


"I would like to believe it was a stray incident and we have not asked for any extra security. We would prefer to forget it and get on with the game."


Pakistan trail 0-2 in the six-match one-day series after India won the opening two games in Cochin and Visakhapatnam.


Pakistan's first tour of India since 1999, which began on February 28, had gone off peacefully till Wednesday's stone-throwing incident.

(Article: Copyright © 2005 AFP)


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