Fans abuse Bangladesh captain for Twenty20 exit
Bangladesh cricket captain Mohammad Ashraful was harangued by
protesting fans when he returned home after his team crashed out of the
World Twenty20 tournament in the first round.
About a dozen furious supporters rallied at Dhaka airport, carrying
placards and chanting "resign, resign" at Ashraful, who apologised for
Bangladesh's failure. Ashraful flew back from England late Saturday
after his side lost to India and lowly Ireland in their two first-round
"We really played badly against Ireland. On behalf of my team, I am
sorry to the nation," he told reporters.
"I can understand that the fans are very much disappointed and angry
after our defeat to Ireland. Even my family is upset with our
performance. I apologise for the poor show." Bangladesh needed a victory
against Ireland in their second match at Nottingham on June 8 but they
lost by six wickets. The 24-year-old batsman said he would not quit as
captain despite making only 11 and 14 runs in the two matches.
"The board has given me this job and it's up to them whether they
will let me continue or not," Ashraful said. "But I want to continue as
captain as I am enjoying the role and trying my best."
The team's Australian coach, Jamie Siddons, criticised Bangladeshi
players for refusing to listen to his guidance and for "ridiculous"
batting in the tournament.
DHAKA, Sunday, 2009 AFP