Pakistan cricket team head coach Mickey Arthur could not keep himself calm on the poor batting display by Pakistani batsmen.
During the first test in Centurion, Pakistan collapsed in the second innings on day two. Seeing this dejected batting display, coach Arthur busted in anger on senior players.
On day two, Pakistan went back to pavilion for just 190 runs giving South Africa a soft target of 149 runs to win the first test match of the three-match test series.
Pakistan was going god till tea as they were 101-1 but right after tea, the whole team crashed for 190 runs.
Talking to players at the end of the day about that day is a norm but this time Mickey did not just talk but abused players including captain Sarfaraz Ahmed.
According to sources, Mickey threw stuff, slammed doors and banged walls in anger and bashed Azhar Ali, Asad Shafiq, and Sarfaraz.
However, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in a press release denied all the allegations levelled against Mickey.
“As per the norm, Mickey held a debriefing meeting at the end of the day’s play which was held in a cordial atmosphere with inputs from team members and management as is the usual price”, as stated by PCB media department.
This was not for the first time with Mickey. He had done this in past with South Africans while coaching them.
Other than this, Mickey also received an official warning and a demerit point for breaching ICC Code of Conduct. He entered the TV umpire’s room and showed dissent on Joel Wilson’s decision regarding Dean Elgar. He not only raised questions on umpiring but also stormed out of the room in anger.
A new record was formed in the match when both the captains bagged a pair in the boxing day test match.
With Sarfaraz Ahmed getting a pair followed by a poor loss, Sarfaraz might step down from captaincy. Babar Azam likely to replace Sarfaraz.
Pakistan on the third day lost the match by 6 wickets. Bowlers put up a good fight back but this time bowlers alone could not win the match.
Mohammad Amir in his comeback match took 4 wickets in the first innings and remained wicketless in the second innings. After a gap of 2.5 months, Amir returned to international cricket. He in the meantime played domestic cricket to regain his lost form.
Young pace sensation, Shaheen Shah Afridi also bagged 5 wickets in the match (4 in 1st innings and a single in the second one). Hasan Ali also played an integral part in the match.
Hasan batted and bowled well in the game. He scored 32 runs and picked up 3 wickets in the game.
Pakistan played with four specialist bowlers – three pacers and one spinner on a pacer friendly pitch. Pakistan was playing without Mohammad Abbass who was not fully fit for the match.
In the press conference, Sarfaraz Ahmed mentioned that Abbass is regaining fitness and will play the next match.