Legendary Pakistan leg-spinner Abdul Qadir has blamed head coach Mickey Arthur for Pakistan team’s poor showing in the ICC World Cup-2019. The former Pakistan leg spinner made these remarks while speaking to Cricket Pakistan.
Qadir said that Arthur dropped talented players including Ahmed Shehzad, Sami Aslam, Salman Butt and Umar Akmal from the team that cost Pakistan dearly. He said that if certain players had disciplinary issues the Pakistan Cricket Board should have sorted them out.
He downplayed Pakistan’s final four wins saying that two of them came against South Africa and Afghanistan, both of whom were struggling in the tournament.
Qadir also criticized the management for lack of planning and pointed out that pacers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were both not part of the initial squad but performed brilliantly in the tournament.
He was also critical of chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and said that he should not have any role in the selection of the final XI. Earlier, it was reported that Inzamam-ul-Haq was along with the team during the World Cup and was involved in team selection. Captain Sarfraz Ahmed and Mickey Arthur were also both not happy with the excessive involvement of the chief selector in team selection. Inzamam was reportedly also coaching the players despite the presence of coaching staff.
Pakistan finished level on points with finalists New Zealand but failed to make it to the last four owing to their poor run rate.