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Ireland packs off Bangladesh

BANGLADESH was guilty of "stupid mental errors and ridiculous batting" in losing to Ireland at the Twenty20 World Cup, angry coach Jamie Siddons said.

"If the boys keep disobeying our plans you end up with a shitty little score like 130," Siddons told reporters after his side's humiliating six-wicket defeat on Monday at Trent Bridge which sealed its elimination from the tournament.

"Our boys do things their own way a lot and they don't listen to a lot. They need to listen more, from things like getting on the team bus on time to match plans. There were some stupid mental errors and ridiculous batting," added the Australian.

"Shakib (Al Hasan, the team's leading player) has got out playing that same shot five times on this tour. Their skill levels are as good as anyone's but I'm borderline disappointed and angry at the moment and I'm not sure what to say to them."

Bangladesh became the tenth full member of cricket's elite nations in 2000 and had shown signs of improvement recently.

"We should be pushing teams like Ireland aside and pushing the likes of West Indies," said Siddons, who has been in charge for 20 months.

"In the back of my mind I'm thinking about our West Indies tour (next month) and putting pressure on them. That's where we need to show we are an improved side. Twenty20 is a lot of fun but two or three bad shots and you lose the game."

Second-tier Ireland, made up of mostly amateur players, will meet defending champion India today, although both sides will progress to the next stage.

Ireland captain William Porterfield said a lack of central funding from the International Cricket Council made it difficult for his team to develop.

"The board does get frustrated and we need more funds to be able to put more players on a full-time contract than the two we have," Porterfield said.

"We need to be playing day in and day out against quality opposition and it's important that happens to help us progress as a team."


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