Pakistan head coach, Mickey Arthur is happy with the way team performed during T20 series against West Indies. He is especially pleased with the performances of youngsters during the campaign.
Talking to Dawn News from Guyana, the coach hailed Sarfraz Ahmed’s captaincy in the 3-1 series win that gave Pakistan the fourth spot in the ICC T20 rankings.
“I am really happy with how the [T20] series panned out for Pakistan and even more happy that the younger players did so well and won the games for us,” Arthur said.
Arthur feels that players have put their heart in the series and have adopted the culture that he wanted in the team, “The most important aspect though is that all the players really embraced the culture we are trying to create and worked extremely hard in pushing and challenging themselves to get better, skill wise as well as physically, and I think that showed in our general performance especially in the fielding department.”
The man, who hails from South Africa, praised the young leg-spinning sensation Shadab Khan and called him ‘gold to Pakistan cricket.’
“I think Shadab was very good in this [T20] series and I just see him getting better and better. He is an extremely talented cricketer and has a very good cricket brain. He certainly brings all three disciplines to the table and in time will become a genuine all-rounder which is very exciting. Obviously bowling, his primary skill, is fantastic. He is gold to Pakistan cricket,” the coach said.
Arthur wants the team to do well in the upcoming ODI series as their direct qualification to the 2019 World Cup depends on it. He has told players that the 50-over format series would be a real challenge.
“I think the ODI series is going to be a real challenge for us and one that we are really looking forward to given the importance it holds for both teams. We hear that the pitches are going to be a bit greener favouring quick bowlers more but we are confident that we have the team to take on any team in all conditions,” he stated.
He revealed that he really does not believe in momentum as every game is a new game, so win in T20 series will not make much difference, it will just give the confidence.
“I am not a big fan of momentum because every game is a new game and both teams start afresh but I am a believer in confidence and we certainly have taken some confidence out of this [T20] series into the next one.”