Arthur: Lack of home games hurting Pakistan


Newly appointed Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur believes a lack of international cricket at home has contributed to the decline of the national side but he is positive that he can turn their fortunes around.

Pakistan play all their 'home' games in the United Arab Emirates as touring teams refuse to play in the Asian country due to safety concerns.

Arthur told a private news channel: "Pakistan is playing all the cricket outside the country. Every time they play it is an away series which is really hard.

"It is always difficult playing outside your condition and it has dented Pakistan cricket."

The former South Africa and Australia coach, who will start his new role at the end of May, is determined to put Pakistan back at the top end of the cricketing world where they belong.

Arthur continued: "I think it's a great challenge. Pakistan cricket has struggled a little bit in the last couple of years and certainly I am keen to bring it back to its rightful place in the ranking and the rightful place in world cricket."

Asked what aspect of the game he will work on most, Arthur pointed out that Pakistan's batting needs the most improvement as their bowlers are already world class.

Pakistan tour England in July to play four Tests, five ODIs and one T20I and Arthur said his side will have to learn how to bat for long periods in English conditions.

Arthur said: "Pakistan has got a wonderful group of bowlers. We need to work on batting, particularly outside the UAE, and that will be key. Also we need to bring the fielding up to standards of international level.

"It will be a challenge for players that how they are going to handle the conditions outside the UAE and Pakistan. You need your batsmen to step up and score runs. So technically we need to work really hard to get our batting 100 percent right."