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Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has no intention of becoming a relaxed and
hands-off leader, and says he and skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will combine
personalities to get the best out of the team.
Arthur has often been criticised for being too rigid in his methods,
most notably when he gave the Australia players 'homework' in 2013, but
he feels Pakistan's players need that structure and discipline.
He also thinks that while Pakistan have some of the most talented
players in the world, they have very poor fitness and discipline levels,
and with Misbah's help, he's determined to rectify that ahead of the
tour to England.
Arthur said on Cricinfo: "The skill levels the Pakistan team have are
unbelievable. But, having coached against Pakistan, and watched
Pakistan for ages, good has been unbelievable and bad has been very
"For me I'm trying to make sure the good and bad get a lot closer together, so that we get more consistency.
"Other teams have fitness levels, structures and self-disciplines in
knowing their own game, so I'm trying to get patience into the skills.
"Mohammad Amir, and Sohail Khan, they like to bowl outswinger,
outswinger, inswinger - so I just want them to hold those lines a little
bit longer. The patience isn't what other teams are, but skill levels
The South African added that he would not tolerate below par efforts,
and that he wanted to cultivate an environment of excellence and pride
in their achievements.
He added: "What we do is just give structure. We try to make sure
every guy is totally aware of his role, and contrary to what's been
written, I'm very personable in terms of working with the players.
"We want to cultivate a culture of greatness, we want everything to
be done at best practice, and at the highest level. And that, for me as a
coach, is the non-negotiable.
"When you are coaching internationally, you have to do the best
things more often. You have to have an environment which is one of
excellence. An environment that's mediocre means mediocre results.
"We push the players to make sure they are in the best possible space to execute their skills, which are outstanding."
As for the skipper, he explained that while Arthur would be doing the
hard work with the players off the field, Misbah would be reinforcing
that in the middle, in order to maintain stability.
Misbah said: "Mickey will work more on discipline in our training
sessions and fitness. That is the key if you want to perform
"When it comes to stability on the ground, it's my job to look after
the players and the team. These are the two key factors in our
performance. If you want to perform consistently, without discipline and
stability it is impossible."