After an enthralling test series between visitors Pakistan and England, the focus is now on to the shorter formats, with five ODI’s to be played between the two sides. However, while Pakistan’s test side was always a strong outfit, thanks to the presence of some resilient and renowned individuals, the same cannot be said about their ODI side. Their ODI team comprises of a bunch of inexperienced but talented individuals, who haven’t been tested fully at this level.
On the other hand, England come on the back of a series win over Sri Lanka. England’s resurgence in ODI cricket has been phenomenal to say the least, as the presence of Trevor Bayliss as the coach has instilled a spark within the side. When the two sides met in UAE late last year, England dominated Pakistan to win the series 3-1. Ahead of the series, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur stated that his ODI side would have to improve to do well in England.
“We have not done well in ODIs. I think this is a real concern for me,” Arthur told media persons on the sidelines of a practice session. “Pakistan’s position at number nine in one-day cricket is not good. Pakistan is not the number nine team but I do fear that our one-day cricket will regress because of playing the style or brand that belongs to the 1990s when the game has moved on such big amount.”
Emphasizing on the need for efficient fielding and complete fitness, Arthur further said, “I also think that your fitness and fielding play a massive role. So we need to get our players up to speed on that. I have looked at the one-day players and they look good but it’s going to be extremely tough. “England is a very, very good one-day team now, so for us it’s about our progression. This is where our one-day journey starts. “It’s not I am cautioning anybody, but I think it will take some time to get our one-day side to exactly where we want them to be.”
Arthur mentioned that Pakistan’s cricket structure would have to be far more efficient, if the side was to produce some fearless individuals like other sides. “We need to have attacking players top of the order and then have someone at number six who can clear the ropes.”We have to find good players. England’s system is so good that it keeps producing players. They play a lot of Twenty20 and one-day cricket so we have to look at our domestic cricket. “We have to develop batsmen who are fearless. England have those fearless players in Jason Roy, Jos Buttler and others.”