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5 times cricketers burst into tears

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The dispiriting image of a crying Steven Smith after he was handed a year's ban for indulging in activities against the spirit of the game has left the cricketing fraternity in tears.

For any lover of the beautiful game, it is heartbreaking to see such a great player in such a condition, no matter which country the person supports.

However, this is not the first time we have seen cricketers release the waterworks. If we look back in history, we will find many such disheartening moments. Here are five of them:

#5 Bangladeshi cricketers - Bangladesh v Pakistan, 2012 Asia Cup final

While Bangladesh cricketers and their fans aren't strangers to heartbreaks, this match perhaps was the most heart-wrenching of them all. Chasing a target of 237 set by Pakistan in the final of the 2012 Asia Cup, the Bangla tigers came agonizingly close only to fall short of the target by 2 runs.

Requiring around 60 runs in 8 overs with 7 wickets hand at one stage, it appeared like a cakewalk for Bangladesh. But their middle and lower order failed miserably, leaving the Dhaka crowd in tears. The images of a crying Nasir Hossain and a heartbroken Mushfiqur Rahim resting his head on Shakib Al Hasan's chest left the cricketing world in dismay.

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