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Last Updated:  Monday, 3 March, 2003, 16:34 GMT
Mashud 'set to resign'
By Oliver Brett
BBC Sport in Johannesburg

Khaled Mashud is dismissed
Mashud was unable to lift his team's scoring rate
Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud looks set to tender his resignation, BBC Sport can reveal.

Mashud presided over a miserable World Cup campaign that saw the Tigers fail to record a single win in the tournament.

They finished bottom of pool B, below the two non-Test playing nations, Canada and Kenya, both of whom recorded convincing wins against his side.

Mashud had told sceptical journalists before the match against Kenya that his team should be expected to win the contest.

Bookmakers thought differently, correctly judging the Africans the more likely winners.

And Mashud himself gave a poor performance on the park, dropping two crucial and straightforward catches with the gloves and labouring to 14 off 41 balls before edging to slip.

His captaincy was clearly found wanting, when he kept his part-time spinners on into the 'thrash overs' with the impressive new-ball pairing of Manjural Islam and Tapash Baisya bowling just 15 overs between them.

Khaled Mashud playing against Kenya
Mashud's wicket-keeping was also below par

Mahmudul Hasan Shamim, a Bangladeshi journalist who has close links with the team, told BBC Sport: "Mashud told me after the match he would like to resign as the captain.

"The trouble is in this side I don't see anyone who can replace him. Maybe Akram Khan can do the job for the time being."

Shamim, a staff correspondent with Channel I television, added: "We came to this World Cup with two targets - to win the two games against Canada and Kenya.

"To lose those two games is a disaster for the whole nation."

However, he feels that the personnel of the team, which is packed with teenagers, should remain in place because most have done well in at least one match and have shown some promise.

Shamim added: "Money is not a problem but Bangladesh has no cricket stadia - we share them with football - and no indoor facilities either.

"There should be some planning and foresight. We need a five-year programme and we should set some realistic targets."

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