Pakistan can still win Asia Cup, believes Micky Arthur


DUBAI: Pakistan head coach Micky Arthur on Tuesday said that the green shirts still have the chance to win the Asia Cup.

Talking to a private news channel, the coach said that Pakistan will win its final Super Four match against Bangladesh on Wednesday. “The team will then take revenge from India for the final two losses,” he added.

Arthur admitted that nine-wicket defeat against India in Super Four was the worst of his career as Pakistan’s coach. He, however, refused to accept the fact the national team’s “switch was off” during the Super Four match against India.

“We remained unable to bring Indian bowling under pressure,” he said, adding that switch off is a harsh term.

The coach further said that the team needed to take early wickets against India but lost the chances due to poor fielding. “If we would have taken early wickets, the situation would have been different.”

“The young team is passing the through formation phase and huge-loss against India has most certainly shaken their confidence,” the coach admitted, adding that the loss of confidence is the reason behind team’s batting failure.

Talking about the bowling, the coach said that the bowlers did not bowl according to plans. “Our bowling was disappointing and did not have any patience,” he added.

Pakistan will play against Bangladesh on Wednesday in a virtual semi-final.