Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur was under serious pressure after Pakistan’s loss at the hands of arch-rivals India. The team was severely criticised by all the fans as well as former players. Thus, Mickey Arthur stated that he wanted to commit suicide last Sunday. However, he told his players that it was only one performance.
Meanwhile, Pakistan was able to bounce back stronger against South Africa as they won by 49 runs. The Men in Green were able to tick the right boxes as they came up with a complete performance. Pakistan had posted 308 runs and they were able to restrict the Proteas. However, Pakistan’s fielding was sloppy as they dropped seven catches.
Pakistan is still breathing in the tournament.
“Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide, but it was only one performance. We always keep telling our players, it’s one performance,” Arthur, whose team are now seventh in the 10-team standings, told reporters.
“The guys were incredibly hurt, by media, by the public, by social media… The guys didn’t sleep much.”
“What I do know is … when their backs are to the wall, we get some good performances out of them. Hopefully, we got a proper reaction from them today that can just shut some people up for a little while.”
Meanwhile, Arthur believes that his team can beat any team if they play to their potential. In fact, there is no denying the fact Pakistan is the most unpredictable team in the game.
“And if we play our best game we can beat anybody. Whether that is New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, our remaining games, or England, we showed, we put our three disciplines together we are as good as any team in this competition.
“Those boys … they try 100 percent every time we go down to a training. They are incredibly passionate about the country they represent, and they are incredibly passionate about their cricket.
Pakistan is still alive in the tournament and they would like to come up with a complete performance in their remaining three matches. Sarfaraz Ahmed-led side will take on New Zealand in a must-win fixture at Edgbaston, Birmingham on 26th June.