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    "I rate Asad Shafiq very highly and I still feel his best days are ahead of him" : Mickey Arthur

    ABU DHABI: Disgruntled coach Mickey Arthur demanded his players toughen up and seize key moments in Test matches after sloppy batting handed New Zealand an away series win over Pakistan for the first time in 49 years.

    New Zealand pulled off a come-from-behind 123-run victory in the third and final Test in Abu Dhabi on Friday to end their long wait for a 2-1 series win.

    Pakistan had dismissed the Kiwis for 153 in the first innings of the first Test in Abu Dhabi only to lose by a narrow four-run margin.

    Pakistan bounced back by winning the second Test in Dubai by an innings and four runs but again failed to build a sizeable lead in the first innings of the third Test, a fact Arthur believes cost them the series.




    "We missed opportunities and despite winning most of the sessions in the two losses we could not grab the moments to force a win," Pakistan coach Arthur told AFP.

    "It was our series to win but we ended up as the losing side and that's highly disappointing."

    Arthur said Pakistan not gaining big leads in the first and third Tests was crucial.

    "We have to have a look at our batting on the last day and that is tough in the UAE," said Arthur.

    Pakistan lost all ten wickets on the final day in both the defeats. They have now lost all ten wickets on the final day six times since Arthur joined in May 2016.

    Apart from the three occasions in Abu Dhabi -- against Sri Lanka last year and twice against New Zealand in this series -- they also collapsed at Birminghm, Hamilton and Melbourne -- all in 2016.

    Arthur said he backs his players, especially under-fire senior batsmen Azhar Ali and Asad Shafiq.

    "The quality is there as they are the best players in Pakistan who are working very very hard and I back them to the hilt," said Arthur.

    "But we need to be tougher in the crucial moments and that comes to us grabbing moments and being tough and we could not do this in this series which is disappointing."

    He added: "I will defend Asad and Azhar to the hilt. Asad is a wonderful player. I rate him very highly and I still feel his best days are ahead of him."

    Arthur now hopes Pakistan can do well in South Africa, a country where they have won only two Tests and were thrashed 3-0 on their last tour in 2013.

    "I reckon we can go to South Africa and do well," said Arthur.

    "I believe and trust in these players, we have got some very talented cricketers and some good young players.

    "We need to nail down our good positions which we are not doing and that's the problem area."

    The first of three Tests starts in Centurion from December 26.

    https://timesofoman.com/article/562357


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    There's a quote attributed to Einstein that I cannot seem to recall.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    There's a quote attributed to Einstein that I cannot seem to recall.
    Stupidity and limits?

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    Mickey has no idea about test matches. This was the same guy who played 3 quicks and one spinner in India for crying out loud. He is a decent odi coach but nothing else. I can freaking make an XL for tests that would mop the floor with his team

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    Quote Originally Posted by AMSS View Post
    There's a quote attributed to Einstein that I cannot seem to recall.
    Definition of insanity, indeed.

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    Now I am really beginning to question this man's intelligence

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    Doesn't matter what happens, technique is technique... and technique's best days are ahead of him

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    I have been a silent supporter of the coach. But this I can't support.

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    There is something about Asad and Azhar. Every coach falls in love with them.

    Remember how Waqar pushed Asad to do well in ODI's? He got like gazillion chances before 2016.


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    Quote Originally Posted by Prince of Pakistan View Post
    There is something about Asad and Azhar. Every coach falls in love with them.

    Remember how Waqar pushed Asad to do well in ODI's? He got like gazillion chances before 2016.
    Because they keep quiet and do as they are told.

    What coach wouldn’t love them?

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    33 years old in a couple of months, played 61 Test matches in a row for Pakistan (no Pakistani has played more consecutive Tests) but average still below 40. I really don't see when he is going to go to the next level...


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    Generally, you have your best days between 28-32 and he is about to pass that range.

    The man is pretty much 33 and his best days are behind him - only down south from here.


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    Shafiq at 33, while Mickey Arthur says his best days are ahead of him. So by that notion then Fawad Alam at 33 too might just have some of his best days ahead as well.

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    Asad Shafiq is a mediocre batsman. Very Very inconsistent . Problem is that Pakistan lack good batsmen up coming .

    Mickey is a good coach , but not a great one. Like most foreign coaches he lacks understanding of specialist spinners. He preffers darters , instead of quality spinners.

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    Oh Mickey, I suggest not to make such big claims please.

    I sincerely think the best way forward for Pakistan team is to accept the reality of world rankings. We are an average team who may occassionaly win due to individual brilliance.

    May take us 5 years to get back on track. We just need to make sure there are no controversies in between.

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    This is what a coach should say about a young player aged 20-27. This guy is on the other side of 30 now with at most 3-4 more years. How many more days does he have in his career, let alone the best of days?

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    Don't agree with Arthur here. Asad is someone who will have 1 good knock in a series than perform inconsistently throughout the rest of the series. That's how he is so I don't see why posters are losing the plot over his performances. That's his capability.

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    You might rate him highly but in reality he isn't the match winning crowd pulling batsman that you might think he is.
    He's unable to dominate the bowling once set which means he'll never be a great batsman simply not good enough to be above average playing 70 80 tests and still averaging 38-39 isn't setting high standards for younger batsmen which means the team will continue to be stuck in a rut.

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    Rubbish coach, can't recognize potentiality.

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    Pak need to pick players who can take responsibilty and have passion to win games for the country.
    Look at virat kohli his sole aim when he enters the field is to win it India, his centuries are by-products.
    With most players in Pak its the opposite, they only play for themselves. They take no pride in playing for country. This culture has to go.

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    His best days are now. He's an average batsmen many of our fans again talk up as being brilliant.


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    so at 33 years old, 8 years of test cricket and 60 odd consecutive tests shafiqs best days are ahead of him? had ho gaye hai
    Is he being a bit dim or does he reckon fans are stupid?


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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaz View Post
    so at 33 years old, 8 years of test cricket and 60 odd consecutive tests shafiqs best days are ahead of him? had ho gaye hai
    Is he being a bit dim or does he reckon fans are stupid?
    I suppose he is trying to be positive which is part of his job. I am hoping that the players must have received a dressing down behind closed doors. Disagree with him completely on Shafiq though.

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    There is nothing Mickey can do now. Unfortunately both Azhar and Asad so called " best " Pakistan batsmen are very mediocre batsmen.

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    Asad is the best bat in the country..too bad he lacks self-beieve. Really needs to step up and prove his worth. One innings in a series is jus not good enough. No idea why most of our batsmen end up bottling despite good performances behind them.

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    50 Year old Shafiq will be a match winner.

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    Asad reminds me of M Yousuf who disappeared when it got tough...leaving it all to Inzy.

    But at least Yousuf could pile on the runs?

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    Not the best sign when you're saying something like this about a player who has been in the Pakistan team for a very very long time. I think Shafiq is good enough but he just needs to be more consistent

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    Quote Originally Posted by hadi123 View Post
    Not the best sign when you're saying something like this about a player who has been in the Pakistan team for a very very long time. I think Shafiq is good enough but he just needs to be more consistent
    Shafiq is a pretty mediocre player. If you are satisfied with you then please be satisfied with no. 7 raking in tests.


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