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Last Updated:  Monday, 3 March, 2003, 17:17 GMT

Tigers to face probe
The Tigers are set to face the music
Bangladesh prepare to face the music
An inquiry is to be launched to find out why Bangladesh performed so poorly at the 2003 Cricket World Cup.

The Tigers lost all their matches in South Africa, including embarrassing defeats to non-Test sides Canada and Kenya. much to the dismay of the country's fans and newspapers.

The inquiry, to be conducted by the Bangladesh Cricket Board, is expected to be completed within a week.

"A committee with a retired bureaucrat and army officer who have good cricket knowledge will be set up and they will talk with everyone from the coach, team members and even myself," BCB president Ali Asghar Loby told Bengali newspaper Prothom Alo.

Loby also hinted that the team's Pakistani coach Mohsin Kamal and other officials would be fired.

"We don't need them as we want someone who can give results. We gave them everything they asked for, but got nothing in return," he added.

Kamal's contract with the BCB is due to expire at the end of April.

Meanwhile, Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud responded to critics who attributed the side's failings to the selection of too many inexperienced players.

"You cannot blame the younger members of the team," he said.

"The experienced players, including myself, also failed."

The 26-year-old is likely to resign from his role as skipper, although he said he would not make his final decision until he has spoken to the board.



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