Hindu group in Bangladesh to pray for team's success
Mar 16, 2007 - 4:33:19 PM

Dhaka, March 16 - Special prayers will be conducted in Bangladesh by an organisation of Hindu youth for the success of the Bangladeshi team in its World Cup cricket clash with India on Saturday.

The youths of 'Astitte Bangladesh' will perform a 'jagyo' - to invoke the blessings of Lord Krishna for the success of the Bangladeshi side, fondly called the 'Tigers'.

The prayers are to be held Friday noon at the Sri Sri Natun Kali-Bari temple in Moulvibazar, a town in Sylhet district in northeastern Bangladesh, the Daily Star newspaper said.

Bangladesh meet India in a Group B encounter at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad and Tobago.

The organisation has invited all well-wishers to join them in the prayers. Hindus comprise 16 percent of the population in Muslim-majority Bangladesh.

The match has sparked excitement across the India-Bangladesh border, although former world champions India are heavily favoured to win. Bangladesh's victory over New Zealand in a practice match last week has enthused the people and made them hopeful of a possible win, the newspaper said.

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