MANCHESTER: Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has vowed to remind his gamers of the “cornered tigers” spirit which Imran Khan instilled in his team-mates to win the 1992 World Cup.
An 89-run defeat by arch rivals India in Manchester on Sunday has left Pakistan’s hopes of qualifying for the semi-finals hanging by a thread, with solely minnows Afghanistan under them within the 10-team desk.
But Pakistan now discover themselves in precisely the identical place as once they received the 1992 World Cup — a event which, like this one, featured a round-robin group part.
They now have three factors from 5 matches with just one win — a shock success in opposition to hosts England — three defeats and a no-result.
As occurred in 1992, Pakistan began this World Cup with a defeat by the West Indies.
However 27 years in the past that they had a well-known rained-off match in opposition to England at Adelaide and that single level gained from the washout helped Pakistan sneak into the semi-final.
Then they crushed minnows Zimbabwe and misplaced to South Africa and India earlier than defeating Australia, Sri Lanka and New Zealand of their final three group matches.
Pakistan additionally needed to depend on Australia beating the West Indies to say the final semi-final spot, the place they downed co-hosts New Zealand earlier than upstaging England in a Melbourne remaining.
Khan, now the prime minister of Pakistan, had famously worn a T-shirt with “cornered tigers” written on it and mentioned on the toss he wished his gamers to play like tigers.
Arthur lamented Pakistan’s begin to this World Cup by telling AFP: “It’s disappointing to be in such a place.
“We are able to’t change the previous however can affect the long run and I’ll positively remind my gamers of the spirit of ‘cornered tigers’,” the skilled South African coach added.
However Pakistan’s activity will probably be more durable than in 1992 as they need to not solely win their final 4 matches but additionally enhance their inferior web run-rate of minus 1.93.
They can even need to hope different outcomes go their means.
Pakistan subsequent play South Africa at Lord’s on Sunday earlier than dealing with New Zealand, Afghanistan and Bangladesh.
Arthur, whose contract will probably be reviewed after the World Cup, mentioned he’ll do his finest to carry the group.
“I will probably be doing every part I can and utilizing all my expertise to make this occur,” he mentioned.
Arthur, who guided Pakistan to the 2017 Champions Trophy title, mentioned: “I like this group. I like Pakistan so I’ll positively use all my expertise to encourage this group.”
Sunday’s reverse meant Pakistan have misplaced all seven of their World Cup matches in opposition to India.
However in addition they misplaced a gaggle match to their fellow subcontinental cricket giants in 1992.
“We’re extraordinarily dissatisfied with the defeat however now we have to place it behind us and stand collectively and are available again sturdy,” Arthur mentioned.