Bangladesh grovernment probes World Cup humiliation

Dhaka: The Bangladesh government has launched an investigation into its team`s two heavy World Cup defeats by West Indies and South Africa, the country`s sports minister said on Monday.

West Indies thrashed the co-hosts by nine wickets after skittling them for 58 runs in 18.5 overs in Dhaka on March 4.

Bangladesh were knocked out of the tournament when South Africa romped to a 206-run win after bundling out home team for 78.

"We are trying to find the causes behind these humiliating defeats," Bangladesh state minister for sports Ahad Ali Sarkar told a news conference.

The defeat by West Indies sparked angry reactions among a section of fans who stoned a bus carrying West Indies. The fans targeted the visiting team by mistake as they thought Shakib Al Hasan`s men were in the bus.

Fans also stoned skipper Shakib`s home in Magura, some 200 km southwest of the capital Dhaka, following the defeat.

"We are also investigating whether there was any apathy in selection of the team ahead of the World Cup," Sarkar said as some cricket pundits suggested the wrong players has been selected for the squad.

The state minister added: "It will also be investigated whether the amount the government money allotted to the Bangladesh Cricket Board for meeting expenses were properly utilised."

Bangladesh spent around $67 million to co-host the Feb 19 - April 2 tournament with India and Sri Lanka. Bangladesh hosted six group matches and two quarter-finals.

Bureau Report