Bangla skipper to mull over one-day future

Published: Saturday, April 21, 2007, 23:53 [IST]
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Bridgetown (Barbados):Bangladesh skipper Habibul Bashar plans to weigh up his options in one-day cricket after his team finished their World Cup campaign with a 99-run defeat by hosts West Indies.

''I think I'm going to play a few more years in test matches and I am planning to think about my one-day career when I get home,'' Bashar told a news conference.

Bangladesh had unexpectedly reached the second round after a stunning win over 1983 champions India in the group phase. But the youngest test nation soon got a reality check after winning just one of their six Super Eight matches - albeit against South Africa.

Bashar himself failed with the bat, totalling just 105 runs in eight innings at an average of 13.12.

Asked whether the responsibility of leading the side had affected his performance, he said: ''I shouldn't give any excuses. I did not perform well and definitely did not have a good World Cup.

''When you are leading a team, you're under extra pressure. You need to cope with it.'' Despite his own failings, the 34-year-old urged his young batsmen to learn from their Caribbean experience.

Bangladesh top-order batsmen caved in against the pace of Daren Powell and Corey Collymore on a bouncy Kensington Oval pitch chasing 231 for victory in their last Super Eights game.

''We need to adapt to this bounce a bit. We need to learn quickly from our mistakes,'' Bashar said.

''We had some good days and some ordinary days as everyone could see. We had only one good game and six bad games.

''It didn't show what we are capable of.'' They managed to finish seventh in the Super Eights in their maiden second round appearance, ahead of debutants Ireland due to better net run rate after losing to the associate team.

Bashar praised coach Dav Whatmore for the team's progress. The Australian is expected to leave the team after playing a key role in their progress since they failed to win a match in the 2003 World Cup.

''He is very much respected by the players,'' Bashar said.

''No one really disagrees with him, which is very important for a coach.

''He gave us lot of confidence. He was really wonderful for us in the last four years.''


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