Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has claimed that he was feeling so low and disappointed after his team’s loss to India in the ongoing World Cup that he wanted to “commit sui*ide”.
On June 16 at the Old Trafford in Manchester, Pakistan had to face an embarrassing 89-run loss (D/L method) against arch-rivals India. This was their seventh loss against the Men in Blue in all the editions of the World Cups.
The entire team, including skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and the team management, had drawn a lot of flak from former cricketers and fans on social media.
“Last Sunday I wanted to commit sui*ide,” Arthur said at the post-match press conference after the Proteas game at the Lord’s on Sunday. “But it was, you know, it’s only one performance.”
“It happens so quick. You lose a game; you lose another game; it’s a World Cup; media scrutiny; public expectation, and then you almost go into sort of survival mode. We’ve all been there,” he added.
Pakistan bowling coach Azhar Mahmood has revealed that constant negativity by the media is the reason “why a person feels like this[Mickey Arthur]”.
Arthur noted that there is always a relentless amount of criticism from the media and the public. Azhar Mahmood agreed with Arthur and called on everyone, especially the media, to be more positive.
“There is so much media pressure, no one says anything positive,” he said.
“Haris played an extraordinary innings and then Mickey was asked why he was tired after 70 minutes. For God’s sake, say some positive things too. This is why a person feels like committing sui*ide, like eating p*ison,” he added.
“No one says anything positive, if you see something positive then there’s some point of living. If we lose, it’s as though the world has come to an end.”
It should be remembered that former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer had died under mysterious circumstances after the Green Brigade got eliminated in the group stage of the 2007 edition of the World Cup held in the West Indies.