Mickey Arthur told in an interview that he loves his coaching job of Pakistan cricket team and he believes that the Men in Green are back on track.
“I love this job with them. I don’t think you’ve ever coached till you’ve coached an Asian team,” Mickey Arthur told CricBuzz.
“The backing I have received from the PCB is second to none. They have allowed me to do what I want to do for the best. I really think that we are on the right track. I am loving this Pakistan job,” Arthur said while discussing his experience of coaching the Pakistan cricket team.
Arthur also talked about why he coached a national team rather than a T20 league side.
“When you are coaching an international team, you are running a programme for 12 months of the year. You get to influence peoples’ careers,” he said.
“The public following is so huge. We have 200 million people in Pakistan watching everything that is happening to the Pakistan cricket team — that stimulates me,” he went on to say.
“When you run an international programme, that’s where you make a significant contribution towards the game. I love coaching internationally because I can develop people, but it’s hard to do that in the T20 environment,” he further stated.
Mickey Arthur also highlighted the difference between Western teams and Eastern teams that the cricket is almost opposite in both the regions.
“This is something that went through my mind after the Test series against Sri Lanka … everything is opposite in the sub-continent. It challenges you as a coach.”
“Being a coach of a Western team — like the South African team or the Australia team — we always win games with our pace. The game is quite faster to start with and then slows down,” Arthur highlighted.
The South African also highlighted problems faced by Pakistan in the Test series against Sri Lanka. He told that they are trying to get the right team combination.
“We are trying to get the right balance in terms of our [Test] team. We haven’t quite got it right as yet maybe. I love rebuilding teams. We have to rebuild the Test team now. Our Test team is at a stage where our ODI team was a year ago,” he shared.
“When you lose Misbah and Younis, you are losing so much experience and so many runs. We have to get the balance right,” he further said.
Arthur also talked about fielding in Asia, he feels that fielding is considered as a lesser important aspect of the game.
“The good thing is the guys are having fun doing fielding drills. They are really enjoying their fielding. I think sometimes — excuse my words — Asian teams tend to see fielding as chill while batting and bowling are seen as the real skill,” he said.
He revealed that as a coach he is emphasizing on fielding drills as it is a part of the game that every player has to perform.
“Now we are putting so much emphasis [on fielding] because that’s the only thing we do together. When you play a game of cricket, you know you are going to field. By doing it over and over, you become more skillful and athletic,” he said.
He believes that Pakistani players are working hard on their fielding and a good fielding effort helps the team’s moral to boost.
When Shadab dived at cover point [in the World XI series] or when he chased the ball down and when Ahmed Shehzad took a blinder, the crowd were over the moon — that’s what fielding does to a team.”
“You can see the enjoyment the boys are having on the field. They are throwing themselves down,” he added.