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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur brushed aside stand-in captain Shoaib Malik’s comments about the ongoing ODI series against Australia in the United Arab Emirates.
Malik has received a lot of backlash for the remarks he made after the second ODI in Sharjah on Sunday, which Pakistan lost by eight wickets.
With Pakistan trailing 2-0 in the series, Malik said: “It’s not about winning the series, it’s about testing our bench strength.”
“Every time we play for Pakistan, we are playing to win,” Arthur was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “You ask the guys in the dressing room, I am a very bad loser. We hate losing. We are representing a very proud cricket nation and we never want to lose. We are testing our bench strength, but we will never sacrifice our intensity and the will to win.
“The attitude of the guys that we have around here has been incredible. These guys will become very, very good cricketers. The other guys [who have been rested for this series] have been in a tough system for two years. These guys are only now making their way like Mohammad Hasnain, Abid Ali, Saad Ali. Shan [Masood] and Rizi [Mohammad Rizwan] have been in and out of our ODI side. Umar Akmal is back. We are trying to increase the depth of Pakistan cricket.
“We get castigated for not giving opportunities to the younger guys. Now we are giving them the opportunities are we are being castigated again. There seems to be no winning. What people need to understand is that we are a very passionate cricket team and whenever we go on the field, it is to win. We represent 210 million people and it is so important. Myself, Inzi [Inzamam ul Haq and the selection panel have a plan in place which is to have our core group of 15 ready and firing to go by April 23, when we go to England, to win the World Cup for Pakistan.”