Pakistan coach to consider PSL performance to finalise World Cup squad
Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has given a huge statement ahead of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) saying that he will have close eyes on the performances of the local players.
PSL is just right around the corner and Arthur has increased the importance of the tournament by announcing that he will finalize the squad for the upcoming World Cup after seeing the performance in the league.
Arthur said that the selectors will look at the upcoming PSL and the ODI series against Australia before finalising a squad of 15 for the global tournament. Pakistan play 10 ODIs before the World Cup – five against Australia in the UAE after the PSL and five in England in May.
In a press conference on Saturday, Arthur said –
“Inzi and I have been on the same page for a long while here. And I’m going to be honest because I’ve told the boys in the dressing room the same thing the other night. I think we’ve got probably 19 players for 15 positions. PSL always throws up one or two good individual performers, so we are going to have a look at some of our borderline players, the guys that we are not sure about.”
“We have to look at them during the Australian series and then we will make our minds up leading into England, obviously we will be taking 15 there. The key is players get clarity in terms of their roles and role clarity is particularly important,” he added.
Arthur also said that he was proud of his team’s performance in the South Africa tour despite losing Test series 3-0, ODIs 3-2 and T20Is 2-1.
“I just think it is really important that I reiterate how proud I am of the cricket team. We were two months away on the road. Four-and-a-half months away is a hell of a long time and the intensity and the passion that these guys trained with has been fantastic. So, look I am very very proud, players are very proud, of the development of the lot of our young players,” he concluded.