Bangladesh to probe South Africa debacle

Bangladesh’s cricket board said on Tuesday it would launch an investigation into its humiliating drubbing during a recent tour of South Africa in one of its worst performances on record.

Bangladesh only attained Test status in 2000, and ranks ninth on the international ladder, but has enjoyed some recent wins at home over Australia, Sri Lanka and England.   -  AFP

Bangladesh’s cricket board said on Tuesday it would launch an investigation into its humiliating drubbing during a recent tour of South Africa in one of its worst performances on record.

Bangladesh lost every match in all three formats, with David Miller smashing the fastest century in Twenty20 history off just 35 balls from the hapless visitors. Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hasan said the players, managers and coaching staff would be questioned over the woeful showing.

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“The overall performance was very bad. Of course, we have some questions,” Hasan told reporters in Dhaka.

“We have to know if there were other problems. We all know Bangladesh can lose games, but we cannot accept the way they lost them.”

The bowlers, who were lacklustre throughout the tour, were not all to blame as the batsmen “could not do anything even on a flat wicket”, Hasan said.

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Bangladesh only attained Test status in 2000, and ranks ninth on the international ladder, but has enjoyed some recent wins at home over Australia, Sri Lanka and England. But its drubbing abroad has highlighted the bigger challenge for the cricket minnows, Hasan said.

Bangladesh is expected to host Sri Lanka in January in its next series, before travelling to the West Indies in February.