Jun 172017
Have prepared game plan based on team's strength: Mickey Arthur

LONDON: Pakistan coach Mikey Arthur said on Saturday that a game plan based on the team’s strength has been prepared for the crucial clash against India in the Champions Trophy final.In an exclusive interview to geo.tv, the Pakistan head coach said: “It is important that we play to our strengths, we gave too many chances to India in the earlier game.” He added that India’s performance was analysed after the earlier game and the team will concentrate on what it can do well.Arthur said the players have changed their cricketing behaviour and have worked hard at expanding their game.“We will look towards scoring in the 300 range rather than 260 to 270,” said the coach and added that strike rotation has improved.The coach was all praise for captain Sarfaraz Ahmed and said that “he is fantastic, positive and has an attacking mindset”.Referring to the earlier win against England, Arthur said the team believed in its ability and were aware of the brand of cricket that had to be played.“Players had clarity over their roles and were superb,” added the coach.He also expressed his pleasure over the young additions to the team, and said they “came in the side and have played with fear and are a breath of fresh air”.“Very happy that we have found a core group of players who we can take forward and can work with in the 2019 World Cup,” stated Arthur.Arthur expressed his satisfaction at the team’s performance in the middle overs of the game and [Read More…]

Feb 212017
I will always remember those who stood with me in difficult times, says Shahzad

SHARJAH: Quetta Gladiators’ opening batsman Ahmad Shahzad said that he will always remember those who stood with him in stressful times and also those who left him stranded.  In an interview, Shahzad said: “I will remember those who stood with me in difficult times and also those who didn’t,” further adding, “ups and downs are part and parcel of a player’s career,” he cited example of Indian star Virat Kohli, who admitted that he was on the verge of being dropped a couple of times but Dhoni came to his rescue. The right-hand batsman reiterated that he has learnt substantially during past few months by reflecting on his uneven journey and said that now he is more focused on giving better performances over being concerned about people’s opinion about him. “I’ve got seniors like Inzamam, Waseem bhai and Shahid Afridi, who have always helped me to regain focus and sail through difficult times,” Shahzad said. However, he did not miss the opportunity to remark that there are also some seniors who are not welcoming in giving their time to young players. On the question of whether Pakistan would see a “new Ahmad Shahzad” now, he said: “Not really. That would mean I was previously wrong. I would simply say that when I return I would give my 100% as a player.” Shahzad expressed his support to the new national team captain, Sarfaraz Ahmed, and called him a “fighter”, he said that national players must give their hundred percent support to [Read More…]

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