On Pakistan Cricket Team Director Mickey Arthur’s “Seemed Like BCCI Event” Comment After World Cup Loss To India, ICC Responds



The much-hyped clash between India and Pakistan at the Cricket World Cup 2023 was largely a one-sided affair with Rohit Sharma-led hosts win in Ahmedabad on Saturday. India were the dominant side both bowling and batting as Babar AzamPakistan showed no courage to fight. Batting first, Pakistan were all out for 191 with people like Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav to pick two wickets each. India, boosted by brilliant innings from Rohit Sharma and Shreyas Iyereasily reached the target.

But after the match ended, Pakistan Team Director Mickey Arthur gave a unique answer. He mentioned that the atmosphere inside the Narendra Modi Stadium did not feel like it was ‘an ICC event’.

Arthur said: “Look, I’d be lying if I said it didn’t. It didn’t feel like an ICC event to be brutally honest. It felt like a bilateral series; it felt like a BCCI event. It did I’m hearing ‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ coming through the microphones too often tonight.” However, Arthur said the lack of crowd support could not be used as an excuse for the team’s heavy loss to India.

“So yes, it plays a role but I don’t want to use it as an excuse because for us it was about living in the moment, it was about the next ball and it was about how we were going to fight the Indian. , the Indian players tonight,” he added.

‘Dil Dil Pakistan’ is a popular song sung by the famous group Vital Signs fronted by late Junaid Jamshed.

According to a report in ESPNCricinfoThe ICC has now responded to the comments.

ICC chairman Greg Barclay appeared to downplay the criticism. “Every event we have, there’s always criticism from different sides,” Barclay was quoted as saying by the publication when asked to respond to Arthur’s comments.

“Things that we might take away and try to work on, try to make it better… so this event is just [at] beginning. Let’s see how it all plays out and we’ll go away and we’ll go over what can change, what we can do better, how we can improve the World Cup and the general offer around cricket.

“We’ll just take it as it unfolds, get to the end of the event. I’m satisfied it will still be an excellent World Cup.”

Arthur, meanwhile, admitted that Pakistan did not play fearless cricket on the day.

“We were a bit timid tonight with our overall performance. I would have liked us to really take the game on a bit more. It’s a massive event as we know but I think we just went into our shells a bit . a little,” Arthur said.

With PTI inputs

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