Published On: Wed, Oct 5th, 2016

Arthur set his team’s goal at the top four in ODI


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Mickey Arthur, Pakistan’s head coach, has set his team’s target at breaking into the top four in the one-day rankings because they aim one more whitewash on the West Indies.

Pakistan has led the three-match ODI series 2-0, now favorites to succeed the third and final match in Abu Dhabi today.

They defeat an off-color West Indies by 111 and 59 runs correspondingly in the initial two matches with absolute supremacy.

Pakistan will put back West Indies at digit eight in rankings if they triumph 3-0 and displace their foes to ninth.

Hosts England and the top seven teams in one-day rankings will get direct disembarks in the 2019 World Cup whereas the rest contest for the other two puts in an eligible tournament.

Arthur, who come in the place of Waqar Younis as head coach in May this year, told that coming on the top four was the target.

Arthur told that “We don’t desire to consider that because we have won the series we can be satisfied as we have got many more aims as a one-day unit to achieve and to be amid the top four is one of them,”

However, for Arthur, it is a work in development, as Pakistan dropping to ninth after losing to Bangladesh and England two times since the 2015 World Cup.

He continued “We have to constantly drive the players as a group. We will keep hammering them thus they keep getting better,”

Basit Ali, who is the ex-Test batsman and head of the junior selection committee, thinks the touring West Indian team is the ‘worst that he has seen’.

He told “This West Indies team is the worst that I have ever seen,” he further added, “Pakistan should win the third ODI at a center and get the eighth spot in the rankings.”

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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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