Pakistan’s head coach Mickey Arthur has claimed that his team’s defeat to arch-rivals India had left him so shattered that he wanted to “commit suicide”, news agency PTI reported on Tuesday.
Pakistan were incredibly hurt by the scathing reactions from the media, fans and former cricketers after their 89-run loss to India in Manchester on June 16.
“Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide,” Arthur told the media in London.
“But it was, you know, it’s only one performance. It happens so quick. You lose a game; you lose another game; it’s a World Cup; media scrutiny; public expectation, and then you almost go into sort of survival mode. We’ve all been there,” he added.
Pakistan won their next game against South Africa to keep a slim chance of entering the semi-finals.
Arthur said he has asked his players to look forward to next games and give their best.