Cricket – Arthur hits behind during critics after Pakistan surrender


BIRMINGHAM Pakistan manager Mickey Arthur conceded his group were sad in Sunday’s Champions Trophy better opposite India though pronounced it was an “insult” to advise that a patrol had regressed underneath him.


In a end, one of a many energetically awaited matches of a contest valid a damp squib as India definitely dominated each aspect of a stop-start, rain-interrupted 124-run victory.

“That’s a sum insult to contend we’re personification even worse,” pronounced a 49-year-old South African, who took on a purpose a small some-more than a year ago, after his group succumbed meekly during a packaged Edgbaston ground.

“If we have a demeanour during a annals over a final year we’ve won dual series. We’ve got ourselves from 9 to series 8 (in a ODI rankings) and a code of cricket has changed.”

Pakistan won a toss though zero else went right for them as they forsaken catches, persisted with bowlers who bled runs and folded inside 34 overs with a bat.

“We had a bad game,” a former South Africa and Australia manager added. “But we’re apparently perplexing a best and we’re perplexing to change it.

“It’s not going to occur overnight. We’re perplexing each day. Every time we go down to training, we try and get a basis right. We didn’t do it today. And that’s disappointing.”

Apart from a demeanour of their surrender, Pakistan are also fretting on a aptness of quick bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz.

Amir bowled 8.1 overs before building serious cramp and withdrawal a field, while Riaz, who conceded 87 runs in 8.4 wicketless overs in a many costly spell of five-plus overs in contest history, hobbled off after rambling an ankle.

“I don’t know because they’re cramping,” Arthur said. “That’s something that we need to take adult with a medical team.”

Pakistan play South Africa in their subsequent Group B compare during a same venue on Wednesday.

(Reporting by Amlan Chakraborty in New Delhi; Editing by John O’Brien)


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