KARACHI: Former all-rounder Azhar Mahmood has blamed fitness of Pakistani players for failure in the World Cup 2019.
After the World Cup concluded, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) did not extend Azhar Mahmood’s stint as bowling coach as his three-year contract expired.
Talking to Omnisport, he said the critics believed that the Green Shirts did not give good performance. He said most of the Pakistan cricket players were not fit as there were issues of fitness culture in the team. He claimed that overall fielding, bowling and batting of the team had improved.
The ex-player said, “People have to be given time, you can’t produce them overnight.” He also rued over the national cricket boards’ undecidedness over a full-time captain.
Mahmood lauded former head coach Mickey Arthur for his professionalism and techniques. He said Mickey was still a suitable coach for the Men in Green as he had served in the same capacity with top teams of the game, South Africa and Australia.
“Mickey is very passionate, very emotional. He does things with his heart 100 per cent, whatever he does. I had a great time working with him, I learned a lot from him and I think he was the right man for Pakistan,” he said.
The 44-year-old also said that he would welcome any international or local opportunity. He said he had opportunities on the table. He said he had a lot to deliver as he had played Test, ODI and T20 extensively.