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Last Updated:  Wednesday, 19 March, 2003, 12:04 GMT
World Cup fallout
By Scott Heinrich

Nasser Hussain
Hussain: One of several for whom the World Cup was one last fling

The overhaul of Pakistan cricket is proving to be the rule rather than the exception in a World Cup claiming its fair share of casualties.

Failure in cricket's global showpiece has seen heads roll in several of the eliminated teams.

From dispirited Bangladesh coach Moshin Kamal to exiled Zimbabwe bowler Henry Olonga, here is the story so far:

BANGLADESH

The Tigers were the whipping boys of the World Cup, their hapless displays befitting a second-rate first-class outfit rather than a Test nation.

Captain Khaled Mashud is thinking long and hard over his future, but ever-suffering coach Moshin Kamal called it quits immediately after Bangladesh's final game.

Poor Bangladesh did not even get a roasting when they returned home as their fans were too apathetic to greet them at the airport.


ENGLAND

Captain Nasser Hussain unsurprisingly threw in the towel after England's draining World Cup campaign.

The tribulations of the Zimbabwe saga could be seen on Hussain's face, while an early exit from the tournament did nothing to sway his mindset.

And after a largely unflattering one-day career punctuated with the odd moment of excellence, Hussain the batsman could hold a spot in the team no longer.


PAKISTAN

Pakistan looked in desperate need of refurbishment in South Africa and that is just what they got.

A new captain, coach and selection committee suggests Pakistan are serious about getting their act together, but in typically regressive fashion they seem to have got even this wrong.

Sacked captain Waqar Younis, 31, makes way for 34-year-old crock Rashid Latif, and outgoing coach Richard Pybus has been replaced by Javed Miandad, whose two previous tenures were soured by in-house conflict.


Shaun Pollock
Pollock paid for South Africa's tepid display
SOUTH AFRICA

Captain Shaun Pollock had nowhere to hide after the host nation's anticlimactic campaign.

Despite being one of the side's better performers, Pollock represented all that was wrong with South Africa at the World Cup: slow, ageing, haughty.

As well as Pollock's sacking as captain, deadweights Allan Donald, Gary Kirsten, Lance Klusener and Nicky Boje were shed in one way or another.


SRI LANKA

It looks as though skipper Sanath Jayasuriya has decided to step down too after Sri Lanka were eliminated in the semi-finals.

His efforts were energy-packed as usual, but not even his ebullience could inspire his side to greater heights.

Reports on Saturday said he felt Sri Lanka could go no further under his leadership.


WEST INDIES

The axe hangs menacingly over coach Roger Harper's head after another disappointing showing from the Windies.

Bob Woolmer is poised to take Harper's place, and the South African will certainly have a job to do to penetrate what Harper calls "insularity at all levels" in Caribbean cricket.

Also, Carl Hooper is also unsure if he wants to lead the side for Australia's visit starting next month.


ZIMBABWE

Lines between sport and politics became blurred when Andy Flower and Henry Olonga wore black armbands in protest against Zimbabwe's tyrranical president Robert Mugabe.

Olonga was banned for his show of "insubordination", and both retired from the game after Zimbabwe were dumped out of the Super Six stage.

Skipper Heath Streak, however, has vowed to carry on in charge.


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