World Cup 2019: Wanted to commit suicide after India loss, says Pakistan coach
The defeat put Pakistan's hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals in grave danger. And, although they kept alive their slender last-four hopes by beating South Africa on Sunday, Arthur admitted
Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur yesterday revealed that the World Cup 2019 loss to India was so painful and humiliating, that it left him depressed and wanting to commit suicide. Pakistan lost to India by 89 runs at the Old Trafford Cricket Ground in Manchester, England.
The defeat put Pakistan's hopes of reaching the World Cup semi-finals in grave danger. And, although they kept alive their slender last-four hopes by beating South Africa on Sunday, Arthur admitted the India loss left him feeling desperately low. "Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide," Arthur said.
"Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide"— Down The Ground: A ð Podcast (@downthegroundtw) June 24, 2019
Is the Pakistan Head Coach position getting to Mickey Arthur, considering the media pressure? Inappropriate comment considering past events? #CWC19 #PAKvSA #INDvPAK pic.twitter.com/fWKAl3vqcR
"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." Arthur's emotional comment may have been exaggerated to show how passionate he is about his job.
But some fans feel the South Africa-born coach's words are in bad taste given Pakistan's former coach Bob Woolmer died of natural causes during the 2007 World Cup. Pakistan lifted Arthur's spirts with an impressive 49-run win against South Africa at Lord's.:
Secondly what he said about mickey arthur today was very unethical. Not a good example as a Pakistani to the world. A foreign person who is training our team and was so depressed that he even thought about suicide to say something so rude about his view is very wrong 2/2— manal aftab (@manalaftab3) June 24, 2019
Pak vs West Indies— T. (@Being_Tammy) June 24, 2019
Lost in 1992 - Won the World Cup
Lost in 2007 - Coach Bob Woolmer died
Lost in 2019 - Either the cup is ours or IYKWIM
"Pakistan Coach Mickey Arthur Claims World Cup 2019 Defeat To India Left Him Wanting To "Commit Suicide"."#cwc19 pic.twitter.com/huwxnsGjf9
Micky why u still alive??ðð— Nadeem Mughal (@Warforchange) June 24, 2019
Pakistan Coach Mickey Arthur Claims World Cup 2019 Defeat To India Left Him Wanting To "Commit Suicide" @ImranKhanPTI @peaceforchange #CWC19 #BANvAFG #PAKvSA pic.twitter.com/kKut3DOEJN
This is shocking!— Achyut Menon (@achyutmenon) June 24, 2019
Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur wanted to commit suicide after India loss?
The article also reminds us of Bob Woolmers death in 2010 after a miserable tournament as Pakistan's coach!
https://t.co/cD2163UG4X via @cricketracker
yooo mickey arthur contemplating suicide after the india game is bare deep uno. Imagine how emotionally attached to the pak side he must be ð— Rajab (@rajabm94) June 24, 2019
Pakistan are still in the race for a World Cup semi-final spot, however, they need to win their remaining games three games in the league stage and improve their net run rate. Pakistan play against table-toppers New Zealand next and Kane Williamson's team has not lost a single game in the tournament so far.
With inputs from AFP
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