World Cup 2019: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur slams net run rate rule after missing semi-final berth

first_imgWorld Cup 2019: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur slams net run rate rule after missing semi-final berthICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur pointed out that his team would have reached the semi-finals had head-to-head record been considered for determining progression in case of tie. Pakistan and New Zealand finished with 11 points each but the Black Caps qualified for the last-four due to their superior net run rate.advertisement Akshay Ramesh LondonJuly 6, 2019UPDATED: July 6, 2019 09:29 IST Pakistan failed to qualify for World Cup 2019 semi-finals (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSPakistan have failed to qualify for World Cup 2019 semi-finalsPakistan finished with 11 points from 9 matches after beating Bangladesh on FridayMickey Arthur said ICC should consider head-to-head stats for tie-breakersPakistan coach Mickey Arthur urged the International Cricket Council (ICC) to consider head-to-head statistics ahead of net run rate at major international tournaments in the future. Arthur pointed out Pakistan would have been in World CUp 2019 semi-finals had it been for head-to-head records as Sarfaraz Ahmed’s men had beaten England and New Zealand who have qualified for the semi-finals.Pakistan finished their World Cup 2019 campaign on the 5th spot of the 10-team points table after a convincing win over Asian rivals in their final group-stage match at Lord’s on Friday.Pakistan had an outside chance to qualify for the semi-final but they needed to beat Bangladesh by a record margin — in excess of at least 311 runs due to the difference in net run rate between Pakistan and fourth-placed New Zealand. In fact, Pakistan’s chances would have ended even before a ball was bowled on Friday had they lost the toss.Pakistan and New Zealand eventually finished with 11 points but the Black Caps reached the semi-final due to their better net run rate. The ICC has been considering net run rate as their primary tie-breaker before the equation goes to head-to-head. Had it been head-to-head stats, Pakistan would have reached the semi-final ahead of New Zealand as Sarfaraz’s men thrashed Kane Williamson’s side in their group-stage meeting in Edgbaston on June 26.Speaking after Pakistan’s 94-run win over Bangladesh, head coach Mickey Arthur pointed out that the dressing room wasn’t upbeat despite finishing with 11 points.”I would have liked the ICC to consider head to head because tonight we would be in the semi-final. It is disappointing, and it just goes back to our first game [a heavy defeat] against the West Indie,” Mickey Arthur said.advertisementThe Pakistan coach added: “And we had an opportunity to beat Australia, and we didn’t take that. Those are the two nightmares I’m going to have.”What the system has done to us is that after one very poor game, you really battle to recover again. So it’s a very disappointed dressing room, no congratulations going on because we haven’t qualified. Congratulations to the four who have, I think they’ve played the best cricket so far and may the best team win.”But it is nice for us to sit here and know we’ve beaten two of those teams [England and New Zealand] which shows we’re not a mile off in terms of ourselves as a cricket team.” Getting 400 was a bit of a pipe dream: Mickey ArthurMeanwhile, Mickey Arthur also said Pakistan had discussed posting a total in excess of 400 against Bangladesh to pull off a miracle but conceded that they had to reassess their plans due to the slowish nature of the Lord’s pitch on Friday.”I’d be lying if I said it wasn’t a discussion. But I think that was something that we could only assess once we did something right. The first 10 overs were going to be quite crucial. You can’t just walk in there and go ‘I think we’re going to get 400’. Getting 400 is a platform. You need to get a good base, and you need to move,” Mickey Arthur added.”The message we got from Fakhar [Zaman] when he came back in the change room was it was slow. Balls going into the wicket were quite tough. We realised that getting the average score, I think, is 270 over the tournament. I mean, getting 400 was a bit of a pipe dream. And then we realised we just wanted to win and we wanted to win well.”Also Read | Babar Azam breaks a 27-year-old World Cup record for PakistanAlso Read | Shoaib Malik retires from ODI after Pakistan’s World Cup campaign endsAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow Pakistan cricket teamFollow World Cup 2019Follow New ZealandFollow Pakistan vs Bangladesh Nextlast_img

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