The second ODI between England and Pakistan will have a lot at stake, as a loss here for Pakistan, will make it next to impossible for them to win the series after being 0-2 down. England, on the other hand, would want to maintain their dominance over Pakistan in ODI’s. The first game, which was eventually disrupted by rain, gave its fair say as the Pakistani batsmen failed to convert their starts.
Barring skipper Azhar Ali, none of the batsmen hanged in to play a big knock, and that eventually hurt the team’s cause as they could only get to a below par total. Coach Mickey Arthur, ahead of the second ODI stated that none of the members of the ODI team were safe and could take their position for granted.
“I said to the players this morning that nobody’s safe. And if you’re over 30 you’ve got to be coming to the table more often than not, otherwise it’s an opportunity to blood some younger players. I’m telling no secrets, nobody is 100% safe in the ODI side and the guys know that. Everybody knows they’re on notice,” said Arthur.
“I’ve actually started, the other night, going through potential players in Pakistan who can fulfill roles we think we’re going to need to evolve. In the meantime, the 15 players we’ve got here, we’ve got to back and give them the opportunity to stake their claim to be part of the Pakistan ODI squad going forward. “We’re going to build a team we think can compete in a year or two’s time. The invitation is there to every player: step up or we’ll find somebody else who can step up, it’s as simple as that,” the South African further added.
Arthur however, mentioned that the morale of the side was pretty high after a team talk, and Pakistan would play with nothing to lose. “Everything I’ve heard was of view really,” he said. “We’ve had a real good chat about it and got some ideas about how we can put it right. “I’ve said to the boys we’ve got absolutely nothing to lose. I want to see the guys go out and express themselves, play with a bit of freedom. Playing the way we played the other night, we’re behind the times,” he concluded.