England:Pakistan cricket team coach Mickey Arthur wasn’t immune to the pressure and criticism that virtually every member of the travelling contingent had felt after the defeat against India in the ICC World Cup 2019 match on June 16. While the players were being slammed all across social media – by fans and pundits – Arthur admitted he wanted to ‘commit suicide’ amid such criticism of the team.
Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men suffered an 89-run defeat at the hands of India as Rohit Sharma scored a stunning 140-run knock to guide the Men in Blue to a total of 336/5. While rain washed away 10 overs from the second innings, Pakistan were given a revised target of 302 runs but they only managed to score 212 in 40 overs.
“Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide,” Arthur said ahead of Pakistan’s match against New Zealand. “But it was, you know, it’s only one performance. It happens so quick. You lose a game; you lose another game; it’s a World Cup; media scrutiny; public expectation, and then you almost go into sort of survival mode. We’ve all been there.”
In what seemed to be a tournament-ending defeat, Pakistan received a little boost as far as their semi-finals bid is concerned as they defeated South Africa by 49 runs at Lord’s. While the 1992 World Cup champions still need some of the results of the other teams to fall in their favour, they have to win the remaining matches against the Kiwis, Afghanistan and Bangladesh to remain in the fray.