Arthur claims Pakistan’s defeat against India left him wanting to ‘commit suicide’


(AFP) – Head coach Mickey Arthur has claimed Pakistan s World Cup defeat against bitter rivals India was so painful that it left him wanting to “commit suicide”.

Pakistan suffered a bruising 89-run loss to India in Manchester on June 16, a result which sparked a furious backlash from their frustrated fans.

The defeat put Pakistan s hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals in grave danger.

And, although they kept alive their slender last-four hopes by beating South Africa on Sunday, Arthur admitted the India loss left him feeling desperately low.

“Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide,” Arthur said.

“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.”

Arthur s emotional comment may have been exaggerated to show how passionate he is about his job.

But some fans feel the South Africa-born coach s words are in bad taste given Pakistan s former coach Bob Woolmer died of natural causes during the 2007 World Cup.

Pakistan lifted Arthur s spirts with an impressive 49-run win against South Africa at Lord s.

They now need to win their remaining three matches and improve their inferior net run-rate to have a chance of finishing in the top four and advancing to the semi-finals.

Pakistan play New Zealand in Birmingham on Wednesday.

“We always keep telling our players, it s one performance. Who is going to stimulate us today?” Arthur added.

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