Pakistan’s old-style cricket doesn’t really have future, says Arthur

Published: January 14, 2017
Mickey Arthur. PHOTO: REUTERS

Mickey Arthur. PHOTO: REUTERS

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur said on Friday that the national team’s old fashioned approach in ODI cricket doesn’t really have a future in contemporary times.

Speaking after the visitors’ 92-run loss at the Gabba in Brisbane, the South African said that the side went back to “old-style cricket” where scores of 300 plus are impossible.

“Even though from the fifth ODI in England we had devised a brand that worked for us, tonight we went back to old-style cricket, which doesn’t really have a future and it means that we don’t get the scores of 300 that we need,” he said after the loss which saw Pakistan trail the five-match series 1-0.

“One-day cricket has moved on. Like we saw Chris Lynn tonight come in and it looked like he was playing T20 cricket again. That’s where the game’s going.

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“Scores of 300 are the norm. Three-hundred used to be incredibly good and teams used to win more times than not, but on wickets like this, teams aren’t going to win. Three-hundred is a 50-50 score,” he added.

Arthur added that Pakistan’s batsmen don’t have the strike rates needed for a mammoth total, which is largely due to lack of confidence.

“Our strike rates aren’t where they need to be to get 300,” he said. “The players have got the ability, there’s no doubt. This is an unbelievable group of players and they work so hard.

“However, it’s just about backing themselves. It’s all about getting confidence in those situations to play the cut or hit one over extra cover and try and put some pressure back on the bowler. That’s a confidence thing.”

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The head coach lamented that despite bowling superbly in the beginning of the match Pakistan were unable to contain Australia to a low score.

“We’re not going to get Warner and Smith out [so soon again],” said Arthur. “We’re not going to have that opportunity again.

“Wade played exceptionally well, but I still felt like we could have got them about for 220 or 230. We let that slip just a little bit.”

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Talking about Pakistan ODI captain Azhar Ali’s injury, the former Australia coach said he still doesn’t know who will lead the side if he is ruled out of the second ODI.

“That’s something we’ll have to work out tomorrow. I’ll have a chat to the convener of selectors and we’ll work something out. We’ll have to wait on all the scans tomorrow,” he said.

“Losing Sarfraz [Ahmed], [Mohammad] Irfan, and [Shoaib] Malik was all a bit of a calamity. But we’ll pick up the pieces and see who’s available for Sunday,” he added.

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Reader Comments (8)

  • Feroz
    Jan 14, 2017 - 12:29PM

    Everyone who plays international cricket is capable, the demons are in the mind. A positive outlook and confidence in ones ability can take you far.Recommend

  • Mohammed
    Jan 14, 2017 - 12:46PM

    It probably sounds harsh but Azhar’s injury should be good for team. Make someone captain who thinks like a one-day player not someone who thinks like a test player.
    Would have been best time for Sarfaraz to take over if was available. Recommend

  • citizen26
    Jan 14, 2017 - 1:03PM

    We lost the game yet he is still the best coach we have ever had in our history. Hopefully our players would gain confidence soon.Recommend

  • Giri
    Jan 14, 2017 - 1:09PM

    I think end is near. RIP Pak Cricket!Recommend

  • Haji Atiya
    Jan 14, 2017 - 1:22PM

    That argument even applies to the way Pakistan still plays hockey.Recommend

  • kamal
    Jan 14, 2017 - 1:52PM

    The batting technique damage done by the inept Younus Khan and Misbah to Pak Test and ODI cricket and the examples set for youngsters will take a decade to undo. A generation of Pakistan cricket destroyed through self boasting by scoring on featherbed wickets of the UAE ‘home wicket’.

    PCB equally to blame as their is a huge web of corruption kept alive by payments by inept cricketers from their fees.Recommend

  • Rahul
    Jan 14, 2017 - 3:01PM

    *”….but on wickets like this, teams aren’t going to win. Three-hundred is a 50-50 score,”*

    LOL and yet Pakistan could not even reach 200.Recommend

  • سے Shaam (Hanafi)
    Jan 14, 2017 - 9:35PM

    In a class of 40 people, if 2-3 students fail, teacher is not suspended. If the entire class flunks, it’s time for a new class and a teacher… “Australia coach said he still doesn’t know who will lead the side if he is ruled out of the second ODI.”….? Really Arthur….PCB, this statement is an all time high, the coach and PCB does not know, who will Captain the side!!!Recommend

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