Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur shows sympathy for the poor Proteas

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur shows sympathy for the poor Proteas

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur shows sympathy for the poor Proteas

If Pakistan win all their remaining three games and the results of other teams go in their favour, they can still make the cut.

"Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide", Arthur was quoted as saying in the media here. They lost to Australia after the chase looked on track at one point at Taunton, then slipped badly against archrivals India at Manchester.

New Zealand, on the other hand, have been invincible so far and now hold the top position in the points table. "We always keep telling our players, it's one performance", Arthur, whose team are now seventh in the 10-team standings, told reporters. They will be going to training every day hurting like any other team hurts, and trying to get it right.

Pakistan have five points from six games and are now placed at the seventh spot in the table.

"When we play our best game, we can beat anybody". In their remaining two matches they will face Afghanistan and Bangladesh on June 29 and July 5 repectively. Haris Sohail, who was playing only his second match of the World Cup after being preferred over Shoaib Malik, blasted a brilliant 89 off 59 balls that helped his side to 308/7 from their 50 overs.

"Our boys hurt, all of us hurt, incredibly". The coach, however, said that the win against South Africa came as a huge boost and the confidence in the team is back. So when we put three disciplines together, we'll be exceptional. "Yes, we are trying to get more consistent".

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Meanwhile, Pakistan's head coach Mickey Arthur believes that Pakistan's performance against South Africa on Sunday at Lord's will silence the critics for a bit.

He had also said guys in the team were "burnt" last week post their defeat to Virat Kohli's men.

"The guys were incredibly hurt, by media, by the public, by social media... We got a proper reaction from them today (Sunday) that should just shut some people up for a little while", he stressed.

"Our guys need to be built up all the time. The minute they are bashed, like they have been the last week, our guys don't respond to that in a very kind way and hopefully, we got a performance out today that vindicates the talent the boys have on the team", he added.

Pakistan will lock horns with New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday i.e June 26.

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