“Our boys are used to being on the road. But when they’re on the road, they’ve still been able to get out and have meals.” said Micky Arthur.
Pakistan’s director of cricket Mickey Arthur has come up with a new excuse for team’s poor performance in World Cup. Micky Arthur has said that the heightened security around players and the team largely confining to the hotel rooms is taking a toll on the Pakistan players. To note, the Men in Green have lost four of their seven matches and they need to win their remaining two games to stay alive in the semifinal race.
“What has been tough is the fact that we’ve been under a massive amount of security. And to be fair, I found it difficult. It’s almost like we’ve been back in the COVID times, where you were almost secluded to your floor and your team room,” said Micky Arthur.
“So much so that their breakfast is in a separate room to everybody else,” said Arthur during the pre-match press meet. Arthur said the players’ inability to socialise during such a long tournament has made a tough impact on them during the quadrennial showpiece,” he added.
Our boys are used to being on road: Micky Arthur
“Our boys are used to being on the road. But when they’re on the road, they’ve still been able to get out and have meals at different places, and get out on their own accord, and we haven’t been able to do this time. That’s been tough and stifling,” said Arthur.
Micky Arthur said that the Pakistani team has tried to create some fun spaces within the walls of the hotel rooms but without so much effect as a real-time meeting with the outside world.
“It’s like Groundhog Day. You have breakfast and if it’s a non-training day, you’re back to your room. We’ve tried to have sort of little fun team events within our team room. But there’s only so much you can recreate. “I think the guys have been out three times — we’ve managed to do that with security, get them out to a different restaurant, just to give them a little bit of a taste of the outside world,” he said.
However, Arthur said the players have tried their best to embrace the travel to different venues and the experience wholeheartedly. “The interesting thing has been that every ground we’ve been to has been a new venue for our players. The players have really embraced that and they’ve enjoyed that fact because they’ve watched IPL on TV and they’ve seen Tests at iconic grounds like Eden Gardens, Bangalore, Hyderabad, Chennai.
“So, for them to play there has been really exciting. Of course, it is the first time they’re playing there, so it has taken a little bit to get used to the conditions,” he added.