Mickey Arthur, Pakistan’s coach arrived back in England revealing that although he learnt from being coach of Australia, it will not change his approach to the job.
In his last tour of England, Arthur found himself sacked as Australia’s coach weeks before the commencement of the 2013 Ashes because of the team’s unsuccessful Champions Trophy campaign.
However, it is the opinion of many that Arthur became well-known internationally as coach of his native South Africa and that he was only suffering the repercussion of the supposed ‘homework-gate’ affair in March that year when four players, including all-rounder Shane Watson, were let go of for the third Test due to some failure in completing a written assignment.
Presently, his major challenge to bring out the best out of a talented Pakistan which includes Mohammad Amir, a left-arm paceman said to be returning to Lord’s next month for his first test since the 2010 spot-fixing scandal, as a result of which, a five-year ban and jail terms were issued him. The team also includes Mohammad Asif and then captain Salman Butt.
Speaking at Hampshire’s headquarters where the team was in training on Monday, Arthur mentioned that he has learnt a few lessons from his Australia exit, although disappointed with the way it was shown in public.
“You go back and analyse and think about it, and I’ve obviously learnt a hell of a lot from that experience,” said Arthur.
“But I haven’t changed my style, because I don’t think you could compromise on what you think is the right way to work … on your core values and principles.”
The 48-year-old added: “I am sick and tired of talking about ‘homework-gate’, and the way it’s been reported is totally way off the pace of what happened.
“But in terms of running teams, there are ways of doing it – and that’s how you get your ultimate success.”
The natural cricket talent in Pakistan has been noticed and appreciated by the world at large and Arthur is no exception.
“It has been an eye opener,” he said. “The skill levels the Pakistan team have are unbelievable. The ability to do things the other two [international] teams I’ve coached couldn’t do is incredible.”
Arthur mentioned “What the other teams [South Africa and Australia] had was fitness levels, structures and self-discipline in knowing their own game.
“I’m trying to get patience into the skills. I was watching Mohammad Amir and Sohail Khan yesterday [Sunday] – and they went outswinger, outswinger, inswinger – I said ‘just hold those lines a little bit longer’.
“The patience isn’t where the other teams are, but the skill levels are higher. I’m trying to bring that patience to the skill levels and together you’ll have something very very good.”