Former Pakistan captains Imran Khan and Shahid Afridi minced no words to express their disappointment after Pakistan's humiliating 124-run defeat against old-foes India in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 match in Birmingham on Sunday. India launched their Champions Trophy campaign with a resounding victory over Pakistan, extending their dominance over the arch-rivals in major ICC tournaments. Put in to bat, defending champions India notched up a competitive 319/3 after two rain interruptions reduced the match to 48 overs a side at the Edgbaston.
Set a revised target of 324 in 48 overs at the start of their innings under the Duckworth/Lewis method, Pakistan were required to chase 289 in 41 overs when play resumed after the day's third rain interruption. The task proved too much for Pakistan, who were bowled out for 164 in 33.4 overs.
Pakistan's legendary cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan lashed out at Sarfraz Ahmed's men for surrendering to India without putting up a fight.
As a sportsman I know winning & losing are part of the game but it's painful to watch Pak being thrashed by India without putting up a fight— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017
Unless Pak cricket structure is totally revamped/reformed, despite an abundance of talent the gap between Pak & India will keep increasing— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017
The Pakistan cricket administrators also came under severe criticism from Imran, who led his country to the World Cup triumph in 1992.
And we will keep facing disappointment by defeats such as the one today. https://t.co/noxfc7srWN— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017
Pak cricket cannot be fixed if the Chairman of the PCB is not appointed on professional merit.— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017
Election-fixers & others who are rewarded merely for loyalty to the Sharifs will never reform Pak cricket https://t.co/rrex8TJS0Z— Imran Khan (@ImranKhanPTI) June 4, 2017
Echoing with Imran, former flamboyant all-rounder Afridi also took a dig at the Pakistan players. Afridi, who has scored over 11,000 international career runs, was especially critical about Pakistan's poor strike rotation and ineffective death bowling.
The gap between Indian and Pakistani teams is bigger than ever! India has evolved & we are way behind now 1/2— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 4, 2017
We need to overhaul approach, mindset & work on improving our stagnating skills and play with clear minds 2/2— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 4, 2017
Our age old problems with strike rotation and poor death bowling hurt us badly in the game— Shahid Afridi (@SAfridiOfficial) June 4, 2017
Meanwhile, stung by the team's embarrassing defeat, Pakistan team supporters back home demolished Television sets in a mark of protest.