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It hasn’t ended as we would have liked to have ended it says Mickey Arthur

“It’s been a campaign of ifs and buts. If we have a look through our first five games and we have a look through our last five, it’s a campaign of two halves, which has been disappointing.”

Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur is highly very disappointed although he is relieved that the World Cup campaign has ended now. The 51-year old, Arthur was already under a lot of pressure after the Pakistani team went off for a poor start in the competition after winning only one of the first five matches in the World Cup campaign. They did improve their performance in the last four matches but still couldn’t make it to the semi-finals of the World Cup thanks to their low net run rate and are currently located a rank below the New Zealand team that will be playing their first semi-final against India on Tuesday.

I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a discussion

Pakistan finished fifth on the points table tallying the number of points with New Zealand only lying low due to low net run rate. Pakistan was dependent on other teams like India and New Zealand to beat England in the World Cup league matches so that they can have their way for Pakistan into the semi-finals.

Mickey Arthur who is on a contract as the head coach that ends after the tournament is highly disappointed with the team’s roller-coaster ride. After winning the match against South Africa on June 23 at Lord’s after a week since their loss in the match against India, Arthur said that he wanted to commit suicide after their defeat.

It’s been a campaign of ifs and buts

“It hasn’t ended as we would have liked to have ended it. It’s been a campaign of ifs and buts. If we have a look through our first five games and we have a look through our last five, it’s a campaign of two halves, which has been disappointing,” said Arthur.

Pakistan defeated New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh grazing the points table to 11 points losing to be at the final four due to their low net run rate. “I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a discussion. We won the toss, which was a good start. Getting 400 is a platform. The message we got from Fakhar (Zaman) when he came back in the change room was it was slow and tough to score,” said Arthur.