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Afridi witch hunt: Fans break TV sets in Pakistan, PCB likely to sack him
The witch hunt for Pakistan cricket team skipper Shahid Afridi has been on big time, ever since Pakistan lost to India on Saturday in the T20 encounter at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

While former players criticised Afridi's "tactically weak" captaincy, irate Pakistani cricket fans smashed their TV sets after their team lost to India on Saturday night in the World Twenty20 match. Pakistan had lost by six wickets to India in Kolkata on Saturday in the tournament. 

Soon after India's win, Pakistani TV channels showed disappointed cricket fans taking to the streets and then smashing their TV sets in some parts of Pakistan. In a few places people also raised slogans against the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the team for letting them down again.

India managed to keep their record intact on Saturday of never losing to Pakistan in a World Cup match, but for Pakistan it still remains a dream which has proved to be elusive. Emotions run high in both countries whenever India and Pakistan face-off, and if it's a World Cup match, then it becomes almost like a war-like situation.

As soon as Pakistan lost to India on Saturday, a tweet from a cricket website handle, posted in 2011 was retweeted again saying, "Breaking news, Afridi has announced retirement from international cricket."

As it usually happens, Afridi had to un-retire himself. It wasn't the first time, not the second time and definitely not the last time it happened. As long as India and Pakistan continue to play each other, this will keep happening.

Shahid Afridi is being slammed for his failure to read the pitch and promoting himself up the order etc. The list of allegations is endless. What's even worse is that logic takes a backseat in such a situation.

Former Test batsmen and head of the national junior selection committee, Basit Ali, came up with the bizzarest of theories for Pakistan's loss against India by saying the former captain Imran Khan who was present at the match had deliberately given the Pakistan team wrong advice.

Afridi, who had stroked a controversy on his arrival in India by saying the Indian fans loved him more than his Pakistani fans, is in the eye of the storm. Reports are already doing the rounds that the PCB might sack him as the captain and his fans in a knee jerk reaction are calling for his head.

They say that time is a great healer, and thus it is going to take some amount of time before this madness subsides and good sense prevails. The fans must realize that it's a game after all!

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