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Discard selfish players from the team, former captains urge coach Micky Aurthur

Pakistan Cricket currently is in a coma. Something needed to do in order to revive the Pakistan cricket. Two former Pakistani captains have advised the new head coach Mickey Arthur to discard selfish players from the team and avoid too many statements in the media.

Rashid Latif said he was a bit surprised at the spate of statements coming from Arthur even before he had joined the Pakistan team.

“Too many statements from the new coach and he are speaking on every cricket issue related to Pakistan cricket.

He is an experienced international coach but he should slow down a bit with his statements and first come and see firsthand.

He is an experienced international coach but he should slow down a bit with his statements and first come and see first hand the challenges he faces with the Pakistan team,” Latif told PTI.

After being named Pakistan’s head coach earlier this month, Arthur said he will not tolerate indiscipline and selfish players in the team. He also said he will not let external forces dictate how he goes about doing his business.

He has also said that IPL exclusion is hurting the performance of Pakistan in T20 cricket.

“There are a lot of hopes from Arthur but he should not raise the expectations because he might not know this but Pakistani cricket fans and authorities can be very unforgiving if he can’t turn things around,” Latif said.

“I have always felt that a foreign coach who keeps a low profile is best suited for Pakistan cricket. In the end, the results matter nothing else matters.”

PCB sources claim that a message has already been conveyed to Arthur to slow down a bit with his statements.

Latif pointed out that already it was obvious that Arthur was not the first choice for many cricket fans, critics, and the media so he would really need to work hard to become a popular choice.

The former captain turned commentator, Rameez also advised Arthur to be ready to face an entirely different cricket culture in Pakistan.

“He is a solid experienced coach who has worked with two top teams and top players but he will really have to be innovative and firm to pick up the performances of the Pakistan team,” he said.

Rameez said to discard the selfish players will encourage another player to play well.  He said that Pakistan missing the perfect winning combination for so many reasons and this would be the biggest challenge for the new  coach to change the culture.

Rameez also felt the Pakistan dearly needs a good leader which is currently invisible from the current team.

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