Former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur, in recent disussion with ESPNcricinfo, said that middle-order batsman Haris Sohail’s decision to pull out of the tour of England, due to personal reasons, has to be respected.
Arthur, who now is the full time head coach of the Sri Lanka national team, stated that if a player was not mentally for the tour, their forced inclusion would only lead to lack of form.
“In the current circumstances, if someone wants to excuse themselves from a tour, their wish needs to be respected. Haris Sohail has played under my coaching tenure. He gives a lot of importance to his family. If he has decided to not go on the tour then his decision needs to be respected,” said Arthur.
“Taking players into confidence by telling them about the conditions and environment is vital before training for the tour. If a player is not mentally ready for the tour than his performance would be severely impacted,” he added.
The 52-year-old also spoke about how day-night games could help tweak the balance between bat and ball after the International Cricket Council (ICC) recently imposed a ban on the usage of saliva to shine the ball, because of the ongoing covid-19 crisis.
“After the new guidelines introduced by the ICC, in order to have a secure environment for the sport, day and night matches can be a way to retain the balance between bat and ball. The pink ball retains its shine longer while the ball swings more under lights,” Arthur said.