Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has promised to remind his players of the ‘cornered tigers’ spirit which former skipper Imran Khan had instilled in his 1992 World Cup winning team.
Pakistan’s hopes of making the semi-final of the 2019 ICC World Cup took a huge beating on Sunday when they were handed an 89-run thrashing by arch-rivals India at Manchester.
With the defeat to India, the Men in Green now find themselves with just three points to show from five games and are only above Afghanistan in the 10-team table.
After five matches played, Sarfraz Ahmed and his men find themselves in exactly the same position that the 1992 World Cup winning team of Imran Khan found themselves in before going on to capture the trophy.
Imran Khan, who is now the Prime Minister of the country, had famously used the ‘cornered tigers’ slogan to rally his troops after their disastrous start to the campaign before they went on a dream run to beat England in the final.
Arthur is now hoping to use the same spirit to inspire the current Pakistan team in England.
“It is disappointing to be in such a position,” the Pakistan coach told AFP.
“We can’t change the past but can influence the future and I will definitely remind my players of the spirit of ‘cornered tigers’.
“I love this team. I love Pakistan so I will definitely use all my experience to inspire this team.”
Pakistan will now turn their attention to the upcoming clash against South Africa which is slated to take place on June 23 at the Lord’s cricket ground in London.
Mohammad Amir and Shoaib Malik asked Pakistan fans to show restraint while criticising the team after the massive defeat to India in Manchester on Sunday.
The marquee clash of the 2019 World Cup turned out to be anything but as India gave the men in green no breathing space after Rohit Sharma smashed 140.
As expected, the 89-run defeat resulted in an outpouring of anger on social media with images and videos of Pakistan players enjoying a night out going viral and the players accused of breaking the team curfew on the eve of the India match.
However, the video turned out to be two days old with the Pakistan board stating that no curfew was broken.
Indian tennis star Sania Mirza also saw her name dragged into the saga. Malik, Sania’s husband, was forced to take to Twitter as he asked families of cricketers to be kept out of such episodes.
On behalf of all athletes I would like to request media and people to maintain respect levels in regards to our families, who should not be dragged into petty discussions at will. It’s not a nice thing to do— Shoaib Malik 🇵🇰 (@realshoaibmalik) June 17, 2019
Amir too asked Pakistan fans to remain civil while expressing their views on the team.
Pls dont use bad words for the players yes u guys can criticise our performance we will bounce back InshAllah we need ur support 🙏🙏🙏— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) June 17, 2019
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Afghanistan have been winless so far in the 2019 World Cup but they have it in them to beat at least one of the top sides.
England will look to ensure they aren’t that team when they clash in Manchester on Tuesday.
England are grappling with injury to Jason Roy and even though they were rarely troubled by the West Indies in the previous game, Afghanistan spinners – led by Rashid Khan – can prove to be tricky.
Will England put in another clinical performance or will the wounded Afghans roar back into life?
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