Mickey Arthur: ‘Wanted to commit suicide after India loss’

“Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide. But it was, you know, it’s only one performance,” Arthur said at the post-match press conference after Pakistan defeated South Africa on Sunday.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said claimed he was feeling extremely low after the team's loss against India.

Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has claimed that he was feeling so low and disappointed after his team’s loss to India in the ongoing World Cup that he wanted to “commit suicide”.

On June 16 at the Old Trafford in Manchester, Pakistan had to face an embarrassing 89-run loss (D/L method) against arch-rival India. This was their seventh loss against the Men in Blue in all the editions of the World Cups.

The entire team, including skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed and the team management, had drawn a lot of flak from former cricketers and fans on social media.

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However, Pakistan came back strongly to keep its hopes alive of making it to the semifinals as it registered a convincing 49-run victory over South Africa,  knocking the Faf du Plessis-led team out of the competition.

“Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide,” Arthur said at the post-match press conference after the Proteas game at the Lord’s on Sunday. “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,” he added.

He had also said guys in the team were “burnt” last week post their defeat to Virat Kohli’s men.

Pakistan has five points from six games and is currently placed at the seventh spot in the table. It needs to win the remaining three games against New Zealand (Wednesday), Afghanistan (Saturday) and Bangladesh (July 5), and also hope that results of matches of other teams go in its favour so that it can make it to the last four stage.

It should be remembered that former Pakistan coach Bob Woolmer had died under mysterious circumstances after the Green Brigade got eliminated in the group stage of the 2007 edition of the World Cup held in the West Indies.