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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 5 March, 2003, 13:51 GMT
No anger on Tigers' return
Former Bangladesh captain Khaled Mashud
Khaled Mashud has stepped down as captain
The Bangladesh team have returned home to a muted reception after their dismal performance in the World Cup.

Extra police were posted around Dhaka's Zia International Airport in case angry fans decided to protest.

But there were few fans around - angry or otherwise - to see the team arrive.

The cricketers were received by officials before leaving the airport in separate cars, instead of on the usual team bus.

Talking briefly to reporters, captain Khaled Mashud blamed his men's batting performance for the team's failure to win a single match.

"We have to turn around our batting performance with more practice," said Mashud.

Media reports have suggested Bangladesh cricket officials plan to sack their Pakistani coach, Mohsin Kamal. There also have been calls to change the selectors.

Bangladesh began the World Cup with a shock 60-run defeat at the hands of minnows Canada and ended the tournament with a 32-run loss to Kenya.

Bangladesh would most likely have lost all its six Group B matches but for a rain-forced sharing of points with the West Indies.

The loss to Kenya was Bangladesh's 29th consecutive defeat in limited over internationals. Bangladesh has also lost 15 of its 16 Tests since gaining test status in 2000.

The other match was a rain-affected draw.





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