Published On: Sat, Jun 11th, 2016

Arthur advises team to get rid of fear of failure


Mickey Arthur

Mickey Arthur, who is the new head coach of Pakistan, stated in his initial media conference that he desires the team to throw out their fear of failure, making the players capable of performing the best of their capabilities.

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Arthur said in a conference in Lahore “I want the Pakistan team to believe in themselves and get rid of their fear of failure,” he stressed that “I don’t care if they fail and make mistakes because professional people make mistakes. As long as we are learning from those mistakes, I’ll be happy. I don’t want my team to fear failure.”

Arthur continued that he is set to support the players and asserted that he previously has a plan for the future. He said that  “We will give the players the opportunity and licence to play their best cricket,” he continued “I’ve got a plan regarding where we want to take the team as I’ve watched Pakistan cricket, coached against them and coached in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) where I saw first-hand how skillful these players are. It’s up to us to give our players roots to grow and wings to fly.”

The 48-year-old as well got a few critical questions on the chin when he reflected on the times things didn’t function for him, saying that whether you have never been ablaze then you have never coached a side.


He said that it was his goal to coach in the sub-continent in the future. He added “The passion of the Pakistani public towards cricket was a big attraction for me to take this role up,”

Arthur is searching to perk up cricket in Pakistan sooner or later also. He said “I’ve had fruitful discussions with the selectors and Mushtaq Ahmad about young players that are coming up,” he continued “The idea is to find players who can be long-term servants and when we identify them, we need to invest [in them] and remain consistent with our selection and this is how the team will go from strength to strength.”

Arthur continued by saying that “Our Test team is very good at the moment but we need to improve our rankings in the ODI and T20I formats,” he further stated that “The challenge is to get the team to play well outside the subcontinent because we’ve got a series against England, while we also play in Australia and New Zealand this year.”

He moreover appreciated Mohammad Amir as a pinnacle professional from his own experience with the Karachi Kings in PSL. He said that “I’m simply interested in my player and all the other stuff is irrelevant to me because he has served his time,” he continued talking about Amir’s revisit to cricket later than a five-year ban. “If Amir is on the team, it’s my role to make him the best player [he can be]. As far as Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi, and Ahmad Shahzad are concerned, they are all unbelievably talented players. It’s an issue with selectors and that’s up to them. Ultimately it’s the role of the selectors to name a team in consultation with me and the captain.”


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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.