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Last Updated:  Tuesday, 4 March, 2003, 08:00 GMT

Kamal on way out
Mohsin Kamal
Kamal could soon be out of a job
Coach Mohsin Kamal is likely to pay the price for Bangladesh's failures at the World Cup.

The former Pakistani seam bowler's contract expires at the end of April, but reports say he will be asked to go before then.

"It does not matter when the contract ends," the Prothom Alo newspaper quoted Bangladesh Cricket Board chief Ali Asghar as saying.

Kamal replaced Australian Trevor Chappell last year.

On taking up the job, he said: "I don't say that I would turn the side into world champions or one of the top most squads, but I am confident that I will be able to bring some measurable improvement in the team."

He has been unable, however, to effect an improvement in results.

They beat Namibia 4-1 in a warm-up series, which did not have one-day international status, prior to the World Cup.

But they lost all six matches during the tournament, including an embarrassing 60-run defeat by Canada in their opening game.

Captain Khaled Mashud has already indicated that he is ready to step down.

The BCB, meanwhile, has promised an inquiry into the team's performance.

But there have also been calls for senior officials, including Asghar, to resign.

"All BCB officials must quit after such a humiliating failure of our team," said former captain Minhazul Abedin.

Bangladesh have lost 29 games in a row since their last one-day international win over Pakistan at the 1999 World Cup in England.

That result led to them being granted Test-playing status the following year, but they have yet to win a match in the five-day format.

Their next assignment will be a tour to Australia in July.

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