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Arthur hopeful of unearthing new talent

Pakistan keen on two players to ‘be part of future’

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Islamabad: Pakistan coach Head Mickey Arthur believes the Pakistan Super League (PSL) will bring more talented players to fore who will feature in the 2019 World Cup squad.

Mickey said the first PSL edition unearthed Hasan Ali whilst the second edition brought to light the talent of Shadab Khan.

“I am hoping that PSL 3 will unearth another two players to stand up and be part of our future,” he said.

Arthur, who is the head coach for PSL team Karachi Kings, said he would like the new players to do two things that will get them to play for Pakistan. “If you are a bowler, you have got to be fielding properly. Similarly, if you are a batsman, you have to be good in the field as well. That is how we win games,” he said.

Speaking about skipper Sarfraz Ahmead, he said he will be fine with captaining Pakistan in all three formats. “Sarfraz is a captain who leads by example which is very good and can handle captaincy in all three formats without a problem and can go from strength to strength,” he said.

Talking about replacements for Younis Khan and Misbah Ul Haq, Arthur said we need to find batsmen to replace Younis and Misbah but it is not that easy.

“How can we find a replacement for 15,000 Test runs just like that? We have Asad Shafiq and also Azhar Ali who is an outstanding player and one of the best batsmen in Test cricket at the moment. We need more guys who can do the job for us in the same way as Misbah and Younis did before,” he said.

He said they required a dependable batsman to open and certainly needed a good number 3 batsman and someone to bat well at number 4 too. “Haris Sohail made some great strides during the series against Sri Lanka and I have a lot of faith in Haris’s ability. I think he will come through exceptionally well in Test cricket,” he said.