CHENNAI: Director of the Pakistan cricket team Mickey Arthur defended the team and management on Friday, calling the criticism of captain Babar Azam and head selector Inzamam-ul-Haq “unfair.”
Following their dismal performance in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, Arthur bemoaned the blame game that appeared to have started back home in the post-match news conference following the South Africa match.
For the first time in World Cup history, the Men in Green have dropped four straight games out of the six they have played in the 10-team competition.
Fans and experts alike are perplexed by the squad’s recent losses, asking what went wrong for a team that was regarded as world-class only a few months prior.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said that “captain Babar Azam and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq were given freedom and support in forming the squad for the ICC World Cup 2023” in response to the team’s criticism.In response to a query concerning the criticism, Arthur spoke up for the players and the coaching staff.
“It’s incredibly unjust to launch a witch hunt, especially against Inzi, our coaches, Babar Azam, and the management group. What I do know is that the boys have made an attempt, and the coaching staff’s and the players’ combined efforts of players.
Arthur did, however, acknowledge that the players’ performance was below par.
Indeed, to be brutally honest, we still haven’t created the ideal game. As a team, I don’t believe we’ve batted well enough yet.”
Admitting that Pakistan’s batting was unable to score enough runs against South Africa, he remarked, “I think that pitch, certainly par on that pitch, is 300 at least.”
“Not enough runs have been scored by us. Furthermore, we haven’t prepared a bowling performance to go along with it. I therefore believed that tonight’s bowling effort was our best of the competition. “I felt we bowled really well, but we didn’t score as many runs as we should have,” Arthur said.
Arthur realized that the team needed to improve after considering their performance and their steady fall from the top spot.
Yes, clearly, I believe that in order to win a World Cup, you have to be at the top of your game at the correct moment. Our form had become slightly disoriented. And for a number of reasons. Every day, we discuss what may have happened. However, our form kind of strayed.”
Nevertheless, Arthur was proud of the team’s performance despite the loss to South Africa.
“I know our guys can be pleased of tonight because they gave it their all, but it’s a pretty disappointing dressing room. And all you can ask for is that.”
Arthur remained cautiously hopeful when asked about the team’s chances of making it to the semi-finals.
“It is never certain. All I know is that we must go back and evaluate combinations once more. We need to examine the gaps that exist in our team. We have to start getting better in a lot of areas and return home with three wins at the end of the competition.”
Arthur also spoke about the batting issues, stressing how critical it is to turn strong starts into significant scores.
“Players have gained entry. Players have gotten started with us. Players haven’t experienced it yet. I also had the idea, “We didn’t really manage the last five overs tonight.”