Cricket World Cup 2019: Arthur vows to remind Pakistan players of need for 'cornered tigers' spirit

Waseem Ahmed 16:45 18/06/2019
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Mickey Arthur is hoping to inspire a Pakistan resurgence.

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.

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