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It's a massive boost for Pakistan cricket: Mickey Arthur

Press Trust of India  |  London 

For a country that has not played international cricket at home against any top cricketing nation, the Champions Trophy triumph was necessary to "identify their heroes", feels Pakistan's chief coach Mickey Arthur.

The South African is hopeful just like his skipper Sarfraz Ahmed that this victory will usher a new era in country's cricket.


"Look, I think it'll be massive (implication of this victory). I really do. I hope that -- and I am sure that the nation of is really happy because they deserve it," the coach said after the match.

Ever since a terror attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in 2009, no major cricketing nation has tourned for a series and they had to play all their 'home' matches outside the country. Zimbabwe is the only nation to have toured two years ago.

The International Cricket Council is likely to send a World XI to in September and Arthur hoped it will pave the way for future tours.

"We're scheduled to have a World XI in in September for three Twenty20 games," he said.

"So hopefully that starts paving the way for future tours. We can only hope."

Arthur, like others, also want that cricket loving fans in Pakistan, get to see their heroes play international matches.

"The players have gone through a lot. And not only for the players but also for the fans, who have not been able to identify with their heroes, because they just don't get to watch international cricket at home. This victory is massive for the country. So let's hope that this really kick-starts that momentum in again," Arthur sounded hopeful.

He has been the South African coach on five occasions when the team lost in semi-finals of various ICC events but this triumph was not about him.

"Certainly, it's not about me and my career but it's about 15 unbelievable players in that dressing room, who have been absolutely fantastic for the past year. So that's what it should be about. But it is, you know, it really is," a smiling Arthur said.

"Oh, it sort of feels surreal really, to be honest. I was telling somebody the other day that I have had five semi- finals with and never got to a final. I got to one final with and eventually got a medal!

"So that's fantastic. But the credit goes to the players. They have been brilliant, and my fellow coaching staff and management team have been fantastic, as well," a sense of satisfaction was palpable in his voice.

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First Published: Mon, June 19 2017. 10:42 IST
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