Pakistani cricket fans and former players have reacted with disappointment and anger to the national team’s defeat against arch-rivals India in their Asia Cup Twenty20 match.
A large number of fans who had gathered at different spots in Pakistan’s biggest city Karachi yesterday to watch the match on giant screens amidst an atmosphere of festivity left upset and angry.
Television channels showed some of them raising slogans against the Pakistan Cricket Board and players demanding their ouster while in some other parts of the country disappointed fans broke television sets with sticks.
Reports said that in some areas of Punjab angry fans had burnt effigies and posters of captain Shahid Afridi and other players.
To add insult to injury for the angry fans, Afridi said losing to India was not a big deal and the Pakistan team could make a comeback, a comment which didn’t go down well at all with anyone.
“Stop making excuses and start playing cricket. You are not children,” an angry former Test player Sikander Bakht said on Geo News channel.
“Aray bhai cricket tu khelo aur perform karo aur kheltay raho mat retire ho lekin perform to karo (brother first play cricket and perform and don’t retire but first perform properly),” Bakht said.
Former test captain Mohammad Yousuf and former pacer Sarfaraz Nawaz also lashed out at Afridi for his recent statement about rethinking his retirement decision after the World T20. .