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In the Air Today

Naimul Karim
Colourful fans turned up in numbers to watch the Tigers beat Afghanistan in the opening fixture of the World T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. PHOTO: STAR
Colourful fans turned up in numbers to watch the Tigers beat Afghanistan in the opening fixture of the World T20 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium in Mirpur yesterday. PHOTO: STAR

If you happen to live in the capital then there's every chance that you woke up yesterday, not to the soothing tone of your morning alarm but to the blaring chants from youngsters shouting the name of their country at the top of their lungs.
Yes, the T20 World Cup is finally here and the drum rolls and music that reach your ears at the festival zones -- right from Banani to Bailey Road -- is a mere reflection of just how excited the entire city is.
University students are busy putting up different forms of flash mobs almost every other day, people with jobs are ensuring their leaves on the 'right' dates, CNG-rickshaw drivers are trying to put up with lesser shifts, while rickshaw-pullers crowd in front of TV stores; such was the passion displayed during the opening day of the mega event, that it almost brought Dhaka city to a standstill for a brief period, with all eyes directed towards the home of cricket in Mirpur.
Mirpur did not disappoint either with an almost packed Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium, supporting the Tigers in their must-win encounter against the Afghans yesterday; a completely different scenario to that of the Asia Cup and the Sri Lanka series.
Although slightly surprised at the lack of fight put up by the Afghans, the fans seemed to be going through a roller-coaster ride in the opening game.
"I think the Afghans should have known that we are a completely different side with Shakib and Mashrafe in. How could they have even thought of defeating us?" remarked Asmaul Housna, a final year student from a private university.

 A fan gets himself painted like a tiger. PHOTO: STAR
A fan gets himself painted like a tiger. PHOTO: STAR


"I thought Bangladesh played like Australia! Now that we have won this game, I need to make sure I get tickets for the Super 10s before the prices go sky-high," said another ecstatic student, Tanvir Haider.
The festive atmosphere witnessed right on the first day, amusingly brings to mind the calls -- made months ago -- on relieving Bangladesh of its hosting rights due to political instability. There are still three more weeks to go, but judging by way the cities have been transformed into and the wave of excitement that has engulfed the country, had that move been passed, then the game of cricket itself would have been the biggest loser.

Published: 12:01 am Monday, March 17, 2014

Last modified: 12:28 am Monday, March 17, 2014

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