1. He aims to establish a "culture of excellence".
This idea will come as a shock to the system for Pakistani cricket and its cricketers. Our cricket as many of you know has produced excellent players from within an unprofessional setup. Mickey Arthur is bringing in military style precision with his structure and analysis of players. Whether it be structure, player plans, injury and fitness assessments, number of balls caught or miles run, he is leaving no stone unturned.
To Arthur credit no coach has shown this much ambition for Pakistan since the late great Bob Woolmer. Long may it continue!
2. He wants to build the team around Shaan Masood...
In Arthur’s most shocking revelation he described his desire to build a team culture around Shaan Masood.
“I also feel so sorry for Shan Masood. He is everything that Pakistan cricket needs. He is talented. He is fit. He is very intelligent. He will be the heart of any team because of his work ethic and everything he puts into his game. I felt so sorry for Shan because he kept getting out to Anderson. And Anderson has done that to plenty of batsmen around the world. If you compare the two, Shan would just go and work and work, whereas Younis knew what his routines were and he used his experience. I hope Shan learns from this experience. He will be back at some stage. If you want to build a team culture, Shan Masood is a guy you are building it around because of what he brings to the table” (source: cricinfo)
3. No unfit/semi fit player is allowed to play for Pakistan.
Speaking to Cricinfo Arthur stated “I have been really disappointed with players who have joined this tour [ODI squad] unfit. Every player who arrived on this ODI and T20 tour has been below standard in fitness, which is not a good place to be. But that has just been the norm. That won't be tolerated again going forward because now everybody knows what the minimum requirement is”.
Arthur argues that the reason Pakistan are behind in ODI and T20 cricket is down to the lack of fitness as compared to the top sides (Eng, Aus, India). Seeing a young, fresh and fit Pakistan side especially in the shorter format of the game would see Pakistan back to delivering their electric performances of the past. Collective high 5!
4. Asad Shafiq could now occupy the test number 3 spot.
“Asad Shafiq was moved to No. 3 [No. 4, because Yasir Shah came in as nightwatchman at 3] because Mohammad Hafeez was dropped. So that position has become available. There are people who want that position and somebody who fits the bill in terms of physical, mental, tactical and technical will get that role. Technically, Asad Shafiq is our best batsman. When he gets forward he is sideways on. Look at him: short, balanced, punches well off the front foot, cuts exceptionally well. At times I could almost visualise Sachin Tendulkar. That is high praise, and I have told him that. Technically your best player should be batting at No. 3. I was really impressed with Asad, who really wanted the opportunity to bat up the order. He batted up the order at The Oval after getting a pair in Birmingham. And then got a hundred, and that says so much for his temperament and skill.” (Source:Cricinfo)
5. Win every test match this year to maintain Number 1 Ranking.
Pakistan vs India seems to be the main battle for the number 1 Test spot in the short term. India have in comparison to Pakistan a very “easy” run. Playing in home conditions for 13 tests back to back at home, India will likely win most of those matches. On the other hand, Pakistan barring three Tests against West Indies in the UAE, are playing three Test series overseas - in New Zealand, Australia and the West Indies.
Mickey Arthur: I said to Misbah the other day: how do we do it? He said calmly, "We just have to win every Test we play.”