Instagram

An evening with Shahid Afridi and Younis Khan

Sohail Speaks Yasir's Blog Fazeer's Focus

User Tag List

Results 1 to 16 of 16
  1. #1
    Debut
    Apr 2013
    Venue
    Karachi
    Runs
    26,183
    Mentioned
    1214 Post(s)
    Tagged
    3 Thread(s)

    Mickey Arthur's focus on work ethics has transformed Pakistan into T20 giant

    In an article for FirstPost Sports, Saj analyses the Pakistan T20I team's stunning run of victories in T20I series and discusses how the side has managed to gain consistency, something not always associated with Pakistan cricket teams.




    Such is the confidence of the current Pakistan twenty-over outfit that the recent 3-0 whitewash of Australia raised very few eyebrows amongst followers of Pakistan cricket. An outcome that in the past would have been seen as a huge achievement, was this time around expected in conditions that suited Pakistan perfectly.

    Pakistan comprehensively defeated a lacklustre Australian team after outplaying them in all facets and in all three matches. While the Australians looked unsure of their game plan and unsure of their approach, a well-drilled and confident team led impressively by Sarfraz Ahmed disposed of the tourists in a comprehensive manner. At times, it was like men against boys as the tourists struggled to conjure up any sort of battle plan against the rampant Pakistani bowlers.

    Pakistan's tactics were simple - put up a decent score on the board and then let their bowlers mesmerise the Australians. The plan worked perfectly. Scores of 155, 147 and 150 were not earth-shattering or indeed unreachable, but Pakistan's well-balanced and varied bowling attack made light work of Aaron Finch's men with victory margins of 66 runs, 11 runs and 33 runs. The Australians had their moments during the series, but more often than not succumbed to the pressure of chasing and wilted against a bowling attack that when it smelt blood, did not let the tourists off the hook. Wickets fell in clusters and the Australians were found wanting when it really mattered.

    The Pakistan T20I team these days is a formidable challenge for anyone in any conditions. A squad which left out the likes of Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan in the pace-bowling department was simply too good for a weakened Australia in UAE. An abundance of bowling riches, a batting unit that was built around the in-form Babar Azam and a group of fielders who fought and battled to save every single run. The reality is that even a full-strength Australian team comprising of the likes of David Warner, Steve Smith and Co would have found it tough to compete against the Pakistanis.

    Consistency isn't a word that is often mentioned in Pakistani cricketing circles but this current twenty-over team since September 2016 has won 26 out of its last 30 T20Is. In addition, Pakistan has won 18 out of their last 20 T20Is. These are remarkable numbers in a format where most believe that luck plays a large part and consistency is rarely seen.

    The numbers confirm that competition for places is intense and the players, when selected know they have to perform or they will sooner rather than later be on the sidelines. In addition, the statistics display a level of confidence rarely seen in T20I cricket. Athleticism, aggression, game-awareness, cohesion and a never-say-die attitude are the strengths of this squad.

    This consistency and level of performance has not come easy or by chance. A large part of the credit for this superb level of performance has to go to head coach Mickey Arthur, whose attitude has rubbed off on his charges. Arthur was not a popular choice when he was picked by the Pakistan Cricket Board to take over the reins. In fact, some former Pakistani players even questioned the appointment of Arthur, who has never played international cricket as the head coach. How those former players must be eating humble pie now.

    Arthur is a no-nonsense coach, who expects the best from his players and would settle for nothing less than 100 percent effort. He wears his heart on his sleeve and his displays of the roller-coaster of emotions during a match are almost as entertaining as the cricket. Arthur has already shown that any player who is not willing to give his all and is not prepared to put the team first will find himself shipped back to domestic cricket.

    By Arthur's rules, there is no I in team. He has backed his players, he has supported his players and he has given youth a chance to shine. But if you get on his wrong side, you will regret it. Arthur has shaken-up the mentality of Pakistan cricket and boy was it needed. Players, who were going through the motions have been replaced by cricketers, who are hungry to succeed and want to make winning a habit. Gone are the days when you could make it to the Pakistan team and coast along with the occasional good performance - no way, not a chance on Arthur's watch.

    Twenty-over cricket requires fitness levels of the highest order. It's not often you see a Pakistani team outfield an Australian team, but that was exactly on show in the three T20Is recently. The reason for it is that Arthur wants no passengers in his team and he only wants players who are at the top of their game when it comes to fitness.

    The policy is simple - pass the fitness tests and you will be selected, fail the fitness tests and you can watch the matches at home on your television. This is a policy that was ignored by many in Pakistan cricket over the years, but Arthur will have none of it and his methodology has been justified.

    Pakistan sit at the top of the ICC Twenty20 rankings, an impressive 12 points ahead of second-placed India. Nobody who follows cricket will begrudge that ranking and based on what we have seen in recent times, there is plenty more to come from this vibrant and impressive team in the twenty-over format.

    https://www.firstpost.com/firstcrick...s-5471801.html


    Follow PakPassion on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram!

  2. #2
    Debut
    May 2016
    Runs
    1,412
    Mentioned
    41 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Excellent read. Mickey's vision and team setup is the reason we are performing well. Though it looks pathetic when Sarfaraz is shouting at the players (apart from Hafeez and Malik which is justifiable they are the most experience lot) but this nation only performs well under a harsh leader (danda lazmi hai). This partnership will benefit Pakistan as long as we continuously working on our flaws.


    Sarfaraz, Babar, Shehzad, Haris, Talat, Fakhar, Umar.

  3. #3
    Debut
    Apr 2017
    Runs
    145
    Mentioned
    3 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Well done and congratulations. But begs me to ask the question as to why we falter in a 50 over game. As pointed out numerous times. We have failed to win a game against a decent side since our champions trophy. I hope the kiwi series can prove to be a fruitful one for us.

  4. #4
    Debut
    Jan 2018
    Runs
    1,538
    Mentioned
    16 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I disagree with this in all honesty because Pakistan have been a world T20 powerhouse for almost a decade now. There was a bit of a dip a couple years back but they are back. Only the WI have more world t20 championships but have not produced the same quality of cricketers in the format, especially the bowlers.

    Afridi, Gul, Malik, Ajmal and probably a couple others would make up a world ATG top 10. No other side has dominated as much, not sure how much of that is due to Arthur.

  5. #5
    Debut
    Sep 2018
    Runs
    134
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    We are team invisible in T20s and considering this is fast becoming the most important format as its the most watched and all the t20 leagues, Pakistan is well on its to becoming top cricketing powerhouse

  6. #6
    Debut
    Feb 2006
    Runs
    27,961
    Mentioned
    254 Post(s)
    Tagged
    5 Thread(s)
    I am not all that convinced. This team was brutally exposed by New Zealand in New Zealand and in the Asia Cup. How you do against the big boys is what ultimately matters and these results show that when the pressure is really on, the team falters.

  7. #7
    Debut
    Nov 2017
    Runs
    726
    Mentioned
    26 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    I am not all that convinced. This team was brutally exposed by New Zealand in New Zealand and in the Asia Cup. How you do against the big boys is what ultimately matters and these results show that when the pressure is really on, the team falters.
    Pakistan won T20 series against NZ. ODIs - Pakistan is still behind.

  8. #8
    Debut
    Jun 2001
    Venue
    UK
    Runs
    69,668
    Mentioned
    1470 Post(s)
    Tagged
    22 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Savak View Post
    I am not all that convinced. This team was brutally exposed by New Zealand in New Zealand and in the Asia Cup. How you do against the big boys is what ultimately matters and these results show that when the pressure is really on, the team falters.
    Article is about the Twenty20 format performances.



  9. #9
    Debut
    Sep 2012
    Runs
    75,313
    Mentioned
    4841 Post(s)
    Tagged
    36 Thread(s)
    Only a matter of time before we get a massive reality check in T20s as well. This is clearly our best format, but we are comfortably below India and England in this format as well.

    A T20 series with India right now will be as humiliating as the Asia Cup, and although we beat England in a one-off T20 in 2016, they will comfortably prevail over a long series. One-off games donít count.

    1 match in 2 years against the two best sides in the format is the reason for our artificial ranking.

  10. #10
    Debut
    Feb 2006
    Runs
    27,961
    Mentioned
    254 Post(s)
    Tagged
    5 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Mamoon View Post
    Only a matter of time before we get a massive reality check in T20s as well. This is clearly our best format, but we are comfortably below India and England in this format as well.

    A T20 series with India right now will be as humiliating as the Asia Cup, and although we beat England in a one-off T20 in 2016, they will comfortably prevail over a long series. One-off games don’t count.

    1 match in 2 years against the two best sides in the format is the reason for our artificial ranking.
    For me a sustained period of success against India in all formats will make me feel better about my team. Along with improved performances against Australia in Australia, NZ in NZ and South Africa in South Africa.

  11. #11
    Debut
    Jun 2011
    Venue
    Delhi
    Runs
    9,979
    Mentioned
    97 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    After CT this team was hailed as the next to great Aussie. We know how it went.

    This T20 burst will also wear out. And these same people will take the opposite stand calling heads.

  12. #12
    Debut
    Jul 2015
    Venue
    Karachi
    Runs
    933
    Mentioned
    121 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    This T20 side is certainly not formidable but can certainly compete against India or England.


    If you Can Believe In Something, Than why not believe In Yourself.

  13. #13
    Debut
    Feb 2016
    Runs
    6,381
    Mentioned
    221 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    26/30 is fluke.

  14. #14
    Debut
    Nov 2015
    Runs
    3,113
    Mentioned
    57 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by barah_admi View Post
    I disagree with this in all honesty because Pakistan have been a world T20 powerhouse for almost a decade now. There was a bit of a dip a couple years back but they are back. Only the WI have more world t20 championships but have not produced the same quality of cricketers in the format, especially the bowlers.

    Afridi, Gul, Malik, Ajmal and probably a couple others would make up a world ATG top 10. No other side has dominated as much, not sure how much of that is due to Arthur.
    This.

    the Mickey worship is getting a bit tiring. He's been an awful coach strategically speaking, in terms of understanding what is required to win Tests and ODIs in the UAE and Asia, and a middling judge of talent and skill, sticking far too long with Rahat Wahab and Shehzad. We won the CT in large part because of two players Mickey did not initially want to play, Fakhar and Junaid, who came in to replace Shehzad and Wahab. In the T20 format we have a domestic tournament in the PSL that helps with selection.

  15. #15
    Debut
    Jan 2018
    Runs
    1,538
    Mentioned
    16 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by New Yorker View Post
    This.

    the Mickey worship is getting a bit tiring. He's been an awful coach strategically speaking, in terms of understanding what is required to win Tests and ODIs in the UAE and Asia, and a middling judge of talent and skill, sticking far too long with Rahat Wahab and Shehzad. We won the CT in large part because of two players Mickey did not initially want to play, Fakhar and Junaid, who came in to replace Shehzad and Wahab. In the T20 format we have a domestic tournament in the PSL that helps with selection.
    I agree almost entirely. I do think Arthur deserves credit for betting on younger talent which was previously being held back (remember, he was not in favour of a return for Riaz).

    When teams do well, it is down to players, coaching staff and selectors. One man can never have all the credit in the modern game.

  16. #16
    Debut
    Apr 2011
    Venue
    Toronto (Dhaka)
    Runs
    22,395
    Mentioned
    1668 Post(s)
    Tagged
    9 Thread(s)
    This is for T20, and I do agree that team has a playing ruthlessly in T20, which is evident in the ranking points (not position). 110 was good enough for a Rank 1 in Test; 115-125 is excellent points (might not be no. 1 still) in current ranking system. 136 is outstanding- I would like to see what was AUSís peak points between 1999 to 2007 for both Test & ODI; same for WIN between 1979 to 1983 (no comparison what so ever, I must note here).

    This actually proves one more time - T20 & ODI are different ball game; only similarity is that both bounded by number of overs. PAK probably has a W/L of 25/3 under Mickey, which is exceptional in any context. I understand that most of these games are against under strength sides or substandard opponents; and most importantly none in a tournament game; but I put the same numbers in ODI context - can PAK win 25 out of 28 ODIs against full strength ZIM, AFG, IRL & SCT?

    Mickey has done great indeed, but a good reason for that is his team is tuned to performed in T20 - skill wise, tactically & mentally as well. Donít know I should take it positively or with a pinch of salt.
    Last edited by MMHS; 31st October 2018 at 15:33.


Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •