Cricket fans burn Pakistan cricket team players’ posters over dismal showings


KARACHI: Pakistan cricket fans, highly disappointed by team’s performance in the ongoing World Cup, burned posters of the players and also even held symbolic funeral of the team.

“Even our club cricketers play better than the one playing in World Cup matches. We accepted the defeat against India but now it was enough… West Indies have now beaten us… It is highly disappointing,” Asif Khan, one of the persons burning Younus Khan’s poster, said here after the match.

After conceding 76-run defeat from archrival India, Pakistan on Saturday conceded a humiliating 150-run defeat from West Indies. In the match, Pakistan also made a record, but for the wrong reasons. Pakistan set record for the worst start.

Chasing 311 runs, Pakistan saw opener Nasir Jamshed, Younis Khan and Haris Sohail all fall for ducks, with Ahmed Shehzad managing a single before he too was dismissed as four Pakistan top order batsmen fell with only a single run board.

The previous worst start to an ODI was made by minnows Canada, who were four for four against Zimbabwe in Port-of-Spain in 2006.

“This is ridiculous. We waited for the match and kept ourselves awake till three in the night to see our players play. But they didn’t look like that they were playing in a World Cup match. They were dropping easy catches and were playing as if they were playing in a club match,” another fan Mohammad Irfan said.

Meanwhile, in Multan, to show their disappointment, Pakistan cricket fans even held funeral prayers for Pakistan cricket team and for their World Cup campaign.