Karachi: The families of jailed Pakistani cricketers Salman Butt and Mohammad Amir might have refused to believe that the duo were involved in corruption but the fans on Thursday held protests to vent their anger at the latest shame to befall Pakistan cricket.
"It is shameful what these players have done. The entire nation had faith in them and revered them for their performances and talent and they let the entire nation down with their greed," a angry fan said at a protest rally in Karachi's Gulberg area.
"They have let us down and left a stigma on our cricket. In future all our players will be under suspicion which is sad," Aqeel Ahmed, one of protesters said.
Hundreds of club cricketers and fans joined the protest carrying placards and banners denouncing Butt, Amir and Asif.
Shaharyar Khan, a budding club cricketer, said the punishments handed out to the three players were not enough and they should also be punished in Pakistan also.
"We don't want to see them again in Pakistan cricket. Amir is as guilty as the other two they let us down," he said.
Television channels showed footage of similar protests being held in Lahore and Multan with one protester who was a Pakistani Canadian citizen expressing anguish over the shame and embarrassment overseas Pakistanis would now have to face