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Pakistan cricket is in a very disappointing place: Mickey Arthur

Last updated on 04 Feb 2024 | 05:16 AM
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Pakistan cricket is in a very disappointing place: Mickey Arthur

After failing to make the World Cup semis last year, Pakistan have struggled to get favourable results during their tour of Australia and New Zealand recently

Mickey Arthur believes insecurity among the Pakistan players forces them to focus on individuals and contracts instead of the team. Arthur, who recently stepped away from his role as the director of cricket, believes that it then becomes a dangerous place to be.

"When there's security within the environment, Pakistan is very good. When there's that insecurity, players start playing for themselves instead of the team because they're thinking of the next tour and the next contract," Arthur said in an interview with ESPNCricinfo.

"That's a dangerous place to be in, and that's kind of where Pakistan cricket is now. And that's something that's very disappointing and sad for me.

"There's a massive amount of talent there, There are some world-class players, not just talented players. They're not given the support structure that they need to flourish."

Arthur was the head coach of the side between 2016 and 2019, during which they enjoyed a lot of success, including winning the Champions Trophy in 2017. However, he took over as the team's director in 2023 ahead of the ODI World Cup in India but stepped away from it after Pakistan failed to make the semis. 

Recently, Pakistan struggled in Australia, where they were whitewashed in the Test series and New Zealand, where they were beaten 4-1 in T20Is.

"I still follow Pakistan cricket, and I'll always follow it. But the vigour and, thirst and passion I have for Pakistan cricket waned a little bit after that. To be brutally honest, I think Pakistan cricket is in a very disappointing place," He further added.

Pakistan will next be seen in action when they tour England for a four-match T20I series in May, ahead of the T20 World Cup 2024 in the US and Caribbean.

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