Mohammad Amir, who announced a shock retirement from international cricket last year citing ‘mental torture’ from the Misbah-ul-Haq-led team management, termed Arthur as his favorite coach during a recent conversation with Cricket Pakistan.
Amir said that Arthur supported him and other players to the hilt besides adding that the former coach produced a lot of match-winners for Pakistan during his tenure.
“My favorite coach will always be Mickey Arthur,” Mohammad Amir replied. “He supported me a lot. He gave Pakistan the match-winners. Mickey contributed a lot to Pakistan cricket in two years,” he said.
Under Arthur, Pakistan won the 2017 Champions Trophy besides claiming the No.1 spot in the T20I rankings.
“He made Pakistan the number one T20I team in the world. Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 during his tenure,” said Amir.
Amir further said that Mickey Arthur shaped the career of current Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, who made his debut during his coaching stint.
“Most importantly, Mickey Arthur shaped the career of Babar Azam, who is now the captain of Pakistan in all three formats. Some officials had written off Babar Azam after just two Test matches, saying he is only a white-ball player,” said Mohammad Amir.
Mickey Arthur was sacked from his position after Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-final of 0f the 2019 World Cup.
However, Amir defended Arthur by stating that Pakistan only missed out on the semi-final berth because of its poor net run rate.
“In two years, Mickey gave Pakistan’s team management eight to ten good players, who are now playing for the team. Even in the 2019 World Cup, we missed out on semifinals because of net run rate. We were among the Top 4, but our net run rate was inferior,” Mohammad Amir signed off.