Mickey Arthur
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Last Update on: April 21st, 2023 at 05:50 pm

Pakistan are leading the T20I Series against New Zealand by 2-1 after the 4th T20I match got interrupted due to rain. The appointment of Mickey Arthur as the director of the Pakistani Cricket team for the New Zealand white ball leg series have raised a lot of eye-brows. Mickey Arthur later during Asia Cup 2023 will take up the role of Head Coach.

The Men in Green so far have dictated the T20I Series against New Zealand. Haris Rauf has been the biggest positive for Pakistan who has taken 11 wickets in 4 matches and bowled with sheer pace and impeccable lines & lengths.

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The left-handed batter Mark Chapman has looked in sublime form who has scored 186 runs in 4 matches with a strike rate of 157.3. The Black Caps are missing some of their star players due to IPL commitments but the likes of Rachin Ravindra & Ben Lister are making a case for themselves.

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Babar Azam was going to become a key part of the team- Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur was having an interaction with the media. Mickey Arthur praised Babar Azam for his rise across all the 3 formats of the game. Mickey Arthur also pointed out that there is still room for improvement for Babar Azam and was quite sure that Babar will become the legend of the game.

“What impressed me most were his hands, the speed of his hands. When Grant Bradburn first told me look at this guy in the nets, I was amazed. I had never seen such hand speed and a talent like him, and the key was to give him opportunities to succeed,” said Mickey Arthur.

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“I knew he was going to become a key part of the team. I believe he is the number one batsman right now and he is a wonderful, wonderful talent. I still think he has room for improvement. I will keep challenging him. He is going to be a legend of the game,” he added.

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I have watched every game Pakistan have played virtually on television – Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur was quite furious about the term ‘online head coach’ when earlier he refused to become the full-time head coach of the team. Mickey Arthur stated that he has been following Pakistani cricket closely ever since his term ended. Mickey Arthur also pointed out that he knows how to manage players.

“First of all, there is no such thing like an online coach. You build relationships with the players, you know exactly what the players require and you give it to them. In the last five years I’ve watched every game Pakistan have played virtually on television. I know the players backwards; I know exactly what they are thinking technically,” said Mickey Arthur.

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“They say Pakistan stays in your blood; it definitely stays in your blood. I always knew there was a time that I was very emotionally attached to this cricket team, very emotionally attached to this country. It’s a privilege for me; in fact, to come back and help, hopefully win a World Cup, get us to number one in the world in all formats of the game because we certainly have the talent, certainly the players,” he added.

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