Bangladesh still have work to do, says Whatmore

BRIDGETOWN, Barbados, April 11, 2007 (AFP) – Bangladesh coach Dav Whatmore, who has masterminded memorable Caribbean World Cup wins over India and South Africa, is adamant that there is still plenty of work to do to finetune the Asian Tigers. The burly Australian is used to upsetting the world order of international cricket – in 1996, he coached Sri Lanka to the World Cup title.

“We can’t just sit back and say, ‘that’s it, we have answered our critics and that’s the end of the story’. Far from it,” said Whatmore.

“We have still got a long way to go yet and the reality is that Bangladesh are still the number nine side in the world and, as sometimes happens, we put in a shocking performance and we get beaten heavily.

“When that happens, it leads to more comments (from the critics).

“We know that within ourselves we have improved and that we are capable of causing upset wins and we would like that to continue.”

Bangladesh’s win over India in the first round helped dump Rahul Dravid’s side out of the tournament while Saturday’s 67-run win over South Africa in Guyana threw the race for the semi-finals wide open.

If Bangladesh were to beat England here on Wednesday, they would become outside contenders for a last f