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'My plan is to go home and then I'll rethink' - Mashrafe ponders over his future
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'My plan is to go home and then I'll rethink' - Mashrafe ponders over his future

Mashrafe Mortaza feels he requires some deliberation before deciding his future in international cricket as speculation surrounded the Bangladesh skipper's supposedly imminent resignation from the game.

Bangladesh suffered a 94-run loss to a resurgent Pakistan side at Lord's in their final game of a disappointing World Cup campaign.

Having already confirmed this will be his last World Cup appearance, all the focus shifted to Mashrafe's future in the post-match press conference but the senior player evaded giving a direct answer regarding his retirement plans.

"My future plan is obviously going home from here, and then I'll rethink," he said.

Bangladesh were already knocked out of the tournament even before a ball was delivered in the game against Pakistan, but Mashrafe's men hoped to conclude their World Cup journey on a winning note.

Instead, the Tigers found themselves blown away courtesy an exceptional spell of swing bowling from Shaheen Shah Afridi as Bangladesh registered seven points in nine games in the end.

'We really need to improve our fielding'

Mashrafe admitted his team needed heaps of improvement in the fielding department and believed his bowlers' deficiencies were exposed in English conditions.

"I think the players tried their best. As I said, there were a few areas we could improve a lot. We knew what our weaknesses were," he said.

"If we play in Asia, I think it will be a far better bowling site than here. So we need to find our best ways to bowl them out or maybe restrict them.

"Batting hasn't been an issue before the World Cup. I think the boys are clear what they can do. Fielding, it has been concern there all of my career ... This is the part the players can change. We really need to improve fielding."

The hectic scheduling of the World Cup owing to its round-robin format has attracted some criticism recently but Mashrafe defended the tournament structure as he savoured the opportunity to clash with top sides in the world.

"That format I loved, because every team has been exposed to everyone else. And to be honest I think some people will not be very happy with that," he said.