Mickey can be a hero if Eng­land tour goes well: Julien

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IS­LAM­ABAD—For­mer coach Julien Foun­tain feels Pak­istan cricket team’s new head coach Mickey Arthur can be­come a hero if the Eng­land tour is a suc­cess.

Foun­tain said with a big tour to Eng­land and a new coach in Mickey, Pak­istan has to be in a pos­i­tive frame of mind.

“Mickey brings a wealth of ex­pe­ri­ence from a wide range of teams and for­mats. Clearly Mickey can be­come a hero if the Eng­land tour is a suc­cess, if the tour goes badly he be­comes the prover­bial whip­ping boy,” Pak­pas­sion.net quoted him as say­ing.

He said Mickey can­not change the world in a cou­ple of months. “I hope that Mickey gets a fair chance to plan and im­ple­ment his own poli­cies and mea­sures over a suit­able timescale, along with the co­op­er­a­tion of the board, the play­ers, the fans and the me­dia,” he said.

He said Eng­land can be a bru­tal place to tour if you come from a hot cli­mate. “Even at the peak of Bri­tish sum­mer, tem­per­a­tures can plum­met mak­ing spend­ing long pe­ri­ods out on the field pretty tax­ing.”

“Hard ball plus cold hands equals field­ing mis­takes and dropped catches. Then there’s the mat­ter of the pitches. Some will seam, some will bounce and don’t rule out the swing from Eng­land’s pace at­tack,” he said.—APP

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