Mashrafe takes blame for disappointing World Cup

Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza Sunday said he regretted his team let down its supporters and that he took responsibility for failing to reach the World Cup final four. 'We are definitely disappointed. If some results had gone our way maybe we could have reached the semi-final,' Mashrafe told reporters after the team's return to Dhaka. 'Overall, the way we played was very positive... but we couldn't fulfill our expectations,' he said.

'If we had won the last match, we could have finished fifth. But I'm sure all spectators and players wanted the team to finish in the top four,' he said. Bangladesh dropped down to eighth place at the end of the league phase of the World Cup after South Africa defeated Australia in the last match before the semi-finals, at Old Trafford.