‘Shame, shame': Hostile reception for Pakistani cricketers

As if an early exit from the T20 World Cup was not enough, a group of supporters can be seen chanting ‘shame, shame’ and ‘losers, losers’ when some Pakistani cricketers reached home.

In a video posted on social media, Pakistan team members can be seen arriving at the Allama Iqbal International Airport, Lahore as cricket fans showed their anger on the dismal performance in the mega event.

James Faulkner had taken a record five-wicket haul after Steve Smith hit an unbeaten half century as Australia post knocked Pakistan out of the World Twenty20 on Friday.

“They have lagged behind so much that they do not stand a chance anymore,” former Pakistani skipper Rameez Raja told Geo television.

“They do not have the quality, they do not have any gems. You have to sack six or seven of them and bring in new players and they will take three to four years to perform,” Raja said just after the match.

Raja said that the entire cricket system had to changed and decisions should be taken for cricket, not individuals.

Sikandar Bakht, former paceman and cricket analyst at Geo television called for cancelling contracts of all players and an in depth performance review.

“PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) should cancel the central contracts of all players and hold a detailed review of players performance,” Bakht said.

“A line has to be drawn now. I feel that even if you send in the under-19 cricket team, they would perform better than them.”

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