Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed and head coach Mickey Arthur impressed with the team’s overall performance in 2018 but expects better performances this year.
In a video message shared by Pakistan cricket board, the skipper seemed satisfied with the team’s performance, however, he admitted the lack of consistency in the performance.
“It has been a long year in which there have been some exceptional and some ordinary performances,” said Sarfraz. “Overall, I think we have done well, but I accept we could have had better results had we shown a little more consistency.”
The wicket-keeper batsman also said that playing Test cricket without Misbah and Younis was quite challenging, “This was the first calendar year in which Pakistan was playing without stalwarts like Younis Khan and Misbah-ul-Haq in the Test format.”
“They have been an essential part of the dressing room for many years and without their presence, it was sort of a strange feeling. I know many players have missed them and we as a team have certainly missed their experience and knowledge,” Sarfraz said.
While Arthur also praised players’ hard work and commitment in 2018, said that the team fielding standard improved a lot.
“The area which has pleased me the most has been the side’s fielding, which has also been noticed and appreciated by the pundits and experts,” said Arthur. “We have taken some excellent catches and inflicted stunning run-outs, apart from saving many runs. This is a testament of the players’ commitment and hard work, as fielding is very much an individual thing and one has to push oneself to excel in this department.”
He also acknowledged that the team is currently under progression and could’ve done better,
“The Lord’s victory over England, a 1-0 series win over Australia and world record 17 T20I victories were obviously the highlights of the year, but we could have also won the series against New Zealand and the Centurion Test, and it hurts to end up on the losing side,” the coach said in his video message.
Pakistan reclaimed the top spot in the ICC T20 rankings with 138 points after collecting 14 points during the year, while remained in the seventh position in the Test table and fifth in the ODI rankings.