Mickey Arthur’s Controversial Statement:
After the defeat against India in the World Cup 2023, Pakistan’s team director, Mickey Arthur’s, stirred up controversy with his remark, comparing the ambiance at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad to a “BCCI event” rather than a true ICC World Cup spectacle. This comment did not sit well with the cricket community and sparked a series of reactions.
The Backlash and Disapproval
Mickey Arthur’s statement faced widespread criticism, not only from former India cricketers but also from Pakistani cricket legends. The comment, labeling the match as more of a bilateral series than an ICC event, raised eyebrows and became a talking point in the cricketing world.
A Complaint about the Atmosphere
Arthur’s grievance stemmed from the partisan crowd and the absence of Pakistani music at the venue. He pointed out that it felt more like a BCCI event, emphasizing the lack of representation for Pakistan fans due to visa issues and the predominantly Indian audience.
ICC’s Perspective: Addressing the Criticism
In response to the criticism, ICC chairman Greg Barclay downplayed Arthur’s remark, stating that criticisms are common for any major event like the World Cup. He assured that the ICC would review the event and seek areas for improvement to enhance future World Cups.
Pakistan’s World Cup Journey Continues
Despite the controversy and loss against India, Pakistan remained in the fourth spot on the points table, having won two out of three matches. They gear up for their next game against Australia, aiming to bounce back and strengthen their position in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.