Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur has not come hard on Junaid Khan on bowling expensive no-ball in the third ODI of the series against Australia.
The left-handed pacer removed the debutante Peter Handscomb in 11th over of the match on a duck, but the replay showed that it was a no-ball. Australia would have been 46/3 while chasing 264 runs, if it had not been a no-ball.
Junaid Khan once again created an opportunity to get rid of Handscomb cheaply, but the substitute fielder Mohammad Nawaz dropped an easy catch. However, replay showed that it was too probably an illegal delivery.
The debutante Aussie batsman eventually went on to score 82 runs.
Despite of these blunders, Arthur has backed Khan, “He(Junaid Khan) is not such much of a serial offender.”
“Junaid was battling into the Fremantle Doctor [breeze] a little bit, so that caused him to over stride. But it is still no excuse. We have got to be keeping our foot behind the line,” the coach said.
Pakistan are currently 2-1 down in the series, however, the South African believes that conditions in next two games will favour his bowling attack.
“We go to two grounds now where that suits our attack,” Arthur said. “Sydney has turned all year, and Adelaide is slower too. So they are two grounds where our attack definitely comes into play,” he added.