Preparations for West Indies ‘excellent’, says Arthur

Mickey Arthur
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur. — AFP/File

KARACHI: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur expressed satisfaction with the national side’s preparation for the upcoming tour of West Indies.

“Preparations have been excellent,” Arthur told ARY News on Tuesday.

“We have worked very hard in Lahore,” added the South African about the recently concluded training camp.

Arthur, not for the first time, stressed that Pakistan need to up their game according to the fast-changing style of cricket.

“We need to be brave and play a more attacking and exciting brand of cricket,” he said.

“We need to be far more competitive on the field and variations when we bowl need to be spot on,” added Arthur.

“We need to cut down the percentage of dot balls when we bat.”

Arthur, who coaches Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, defended the national selection committee’s decision to drop fast-bowler Sohail Khan.

Sohail, despite finishing as the highest wicket-taker in the PSL 2, was left out of the national squad.

Arthur said the right-armer needs to improve his fielding and that he is working hard on that.
“Sohail khan is a great bowler, he has worked on his fitness and has developed better habits,” said the Pakistan coach.

“Sohail is very close to my heart,” he added.

Pakistan take on the West Indies in four T20s, three ODIs and three Tests, in a tour which kicks off on March 26.