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Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has admitted that the national team’s loss to the West Indies in their World Cup opener really “haunts” him.
Pakistan were skittled out for 105 in that match as none of their batsmen had an answer for the short-pitched bowling the West Indies’ bowlers used against them.
After being bundled out for a dismal score, Pakistan went on to lose the match by seven wickets.
However, they bounced back in brilliant fashion as they defeated England by 14 runs in a thrilling match in Nottingham.
“I think when we look back in the tournament the thing that really haunts me is the defeat against the West Indies,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Sport24. “That was the game, right at the start of the tournament. We should have fired right at the start but we didn’t and it hurts now.
“We had the momentum straight after the England win and then to have a washed out game meant we almost had to start all over again and train indoors, so it was disappointing.”
Pakistan now have to beat Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday and hope that New Zealand beat England on Wednesday as that will secure them a spot in the World Cup semi-finals.