Pakistan cricket team’ coach Mickey Arthur has revealed that he was so hurt by the performance of his team against India that he wanted to commit suicide.
“Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide, but it was only one performance. We always keep telling our players, it’s one performance,” Arthur, whose team are now seventh in the 10-team standings, told reporters.
“The guys were incredibly hurt, by media, by public, by social media… The guys didn’t sleep much.
“What I do know is … when their backs are to the wall, we get some good performances out of them. Hopefully we got a proper reaction from them today that can just shut some people up for a little while.”
Arthur was talking after his team’s spectacular performance against South Africa whom they beat by 49 runs.
“Today we got some just reward. We are alive and kicking,” said Arthur, whose team’s only victory in the tournament before Sunday was a shock win against hosts England.
“And if we play our best game we can beat anybody. Whether that is New Zealand, Afghanistan, Bangladesh, our remaining games, or England, we showed, we put our three disciplines together we are as good as any team in this competition.
“Those boys … they try 100 percent every time we go down to a training. They are incredibly passionate about the country they represent, and they are incredibly passionate about their cricket.
“That was why it hurt us so much this last week… because every time they go out and represent Pakistan, they are incredibly proud about it.”