Published On: Wed, May 18th, 2016

Absence from IPL is a reason of downfall: Arthur


Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur, new head coach of Pakistan cricket team, has stated that the nonexistence of Pakistani players from the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a huge cause for the team’s downfall in the shortest format of the game.

Arthur stated that “You learn a lot from franchise cricket tournaments and I think that could be playing a large role,” Arthur further added, “Yes, it’s probably right that not playing in the IPL could be affecting the performances of the Pakistan team in the twenty-over format.”

Shoaib Akhtar, former Pakistan pacer, also stated on Friday that an iconic image of him transporting Bollywood artist Shahrukh Khan subsequent to a match-winning performance in opposition to Delhi Daredevils for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) all through the inaugural 2008 edition of IPL.

Shoaib Akhtar, who is the right-arm pacer stated that he “really enjoyed” his spell in the IPL. He added “Sad to see Pakistani players are not able to showcase their talent,”

The initial edition of the IPL involved numerous Pakistanis for example Shahid Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Younus Khan, Umar Gul, Muhammad Asif, Kamran Akmal and Salman Butt.

Though, the unpredictable relations amid the two nuclear-armed competitors and security concerns have shut Pakistani players out of the tournament since 2008.

In the meantime, Arthur moreover added that he accepted the Pakistan job as of the challenge that it exists.

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Arthur further added “What appeals to me is the actual challenge of it,” Arthur stated, “I think it’s a massive challenge and I do enjoy challenges for my sins. I think this is a challenge that is right up there and one where I feel like I can really make a difference.”

The South African will have to perform with Misbahul Haq as the Test captain, Azhar Ali in ODIs and Sarfraz Ahmed as the T20 leader, and he considers it is going to make his job a bit hard.

Arthur continued as “Yes, it does [make my job] a little bit [difficult] to be honest,” he added “We will assess that. I’ll go in and have a look and discuss it with Inzamamul Haq and see what he thinks is the best way forward and we’ll go from there.”

He added that preferably two leaders are sufficient for three formats: “Ideally, you want two captains as a maximum across the three formats. That’s something we will look at, even if it’s three different captains that can be fine. We will do whatever we think is best” he added.


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Sidra Muntaha

- Sidra Tul Muntaha is a journalist (MA-Mass Communication and M.Phil in Mass Communication) based in Lahore. She is working as an editor at fashion, style and entertainment in the section of the Kooza. She writes fashion and entertainment articles for The Kooza News.

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