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Felt suicidal after India loss, says Pakistan cricket coach

June 26, 2019

The head coach of Pakistan's cricket team Mickey Arthur has said that he found his team's defeat to India in the World Cup 2019 so painful that it left him wanting to commit suicide.

Pakistan lost badly to India on 16 June in Manchester by 89 runs. There was a massive backlash from Pakistani fans and the defeat put any hopes of Pakistan making it to the World Cup semi-finals in serious danger. Pakistan is now back in the game after beating South Africa but coach Arthur has admitted that the India loss left him feeling rather depressed.

Last Sunday I wanted to commit suicide. 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. - Mickey Arthur, Pakistan cricket head coach

Many fans have said his comments are in poor taste although they indicate how passionate he is about the job. His comments are seen as misjudged given that Pakistan's former coach Bob Woolmer died of natural causes during the 2007 World Cup.

With the 49-run win against South Africa, Pakistan has now lifted the spirits of fans. After facing strong criticism, fans were seen coming together for their team. Captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was seen giving autographs to fans. Pakistan bowler Mohammad Amir and many other members also asked the fans to not use "bad words for the players".

A picture of a fan, who brought the banner of "Sarfaraz We Are Sorry", to the Pakistan vs South Africa match is also doing rounds on social media. Many Pakistan fans have also took to social media to apologise to Ahmed and his side.One fan tweeted - "Sarfaraz Bhai we are with you. I am sorry to say that It was such a shameful act performed from our side ... These men are a pure reflection of their families ... What they learn & what they do and they implement such kind of behaviours in practical life".

Pakistan will take on New Zealand today, followed by Afghanistan and Bangladesh

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