ICC World Cup 2019: Mickey Arthur Slams Net-Run-Rate Rule Following Pakistan’s Loss
It was a tough loss for the Pakistan team in ICC World Cup 2019. Despite ending on the same points with New Zealand, they failed to enter the semifinals of the tournament, as they got their Net Run Rate a bit low compared to Kane Williamson-led side. Regarding the same, the head coach Mickey Arthur calls ICC to stop considering NRR.
Pakistan opted to bat first against Bangladesh and if they win by a margin of over 311 runs, they stand a chance to overtake New Zealand on net run rate and qualify for the semi-finals as the fourth-best placed team in the 10-team tournament.
It is disappointing – Mickey Arthur
Unfortunately, that wasn’t the case but they comfortably thrashed Bangladesh side to bag a victory with a decent margin. Following the loss, Mickey Arthur blasts the rule and quoted that Pakistan is deserving to be in the semifinals of the tournament.
“I would have liked the ICC to consider head to head because tonight we would be in the semi-final. It is disappointing, and it just goes back to our first game [a heavy defeat] against the West Indie,” Arthur said after his team’s exit from the quadrennial event.
Further, he went on to rue the chances which they had against Australia. Against Australia, they got their upper hand but unfortunately, they made a mess of it when Australians has the last laugh.
“What the system has done to us is that after one very poor game, you really battle to recover again. So it’s a very disappointed dressing room. And we had an opportunity to beat Australia, and we didn’t take that. Those are the two nightmares I’m going to have,” Mickey Arthur added.
We decided to just win the game after looking at the pitch:
With more than 400 runs are required on the board, everyone would have expected that Pakistan would take the challenge. But, surprisingly, they didn’t go for it, as they ended up with at least 100 runs short to the total.
“The message we got from Fakhar [Zaman] when he came back in the change room was it was slow. Balls going into the wicket were quite tough. We realised that getting the average score, I think, is 270 over the tournament. I mean, getting 400 was a bit of a pipe dream. And then we realised we just wanted to win and we wanted to win well,” Arthur revealed.
All in all, it was done and dusted for Sarfaraz Ahmed and Co. Now, they got a couple of months break to start their campaign again. It would be interesting to see the changes, which they would make after this tough journey.
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