SYDNEY: Newly appointed Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has asserted that he will not compromise on discipline and fitness levels among the players in the team.
Arthur was chosen to coach Pakistan after Waqar Younis stepped down from the job after the 2016 ICC World Twenty20 competition.
The 47-year-old, who previously coached Australia and South Africa vowed that he wants players in the side to play for the team and not for individual ambitions.
“I will be tough on discipline and that's the way we can get better and better results, I want everybody to start playing for the team and I don't want any selfish players around”, he said in an interview.
While Pakistan has been performing well in Test cricket, in recent times their limited overs performances have dipped drastically and they are currently placed ninth in the One-Day International rankings and seventh in the T20 International rankings.
Also putting special emphasis on improving the fielding standards, Arthur feels that Pakistan needs to improve their batting performances along with it.
“Our bowling is good, but we need to lift our batting massively,” he said.
“I will also be tough on fielding and fitness and need players who can play long-term, and these issues are non-negotiable.
“I also want players who aren't prepared to be bullied.”
Currently the next international assignment for Pakistan will be the four-match Test series against England which begins in July.
Though he admits that the tour of England will be a tough contest, Arthur has urged the players to take it up as a challenge.
“For Pakistan players, those conditions are trying, but I want the team to be up for the challenge.
“Without a doubt we will go to win.
“If the players show improvement, then I know I am doing my job.”
The last time Pakistan won a Test series in England was in the year 1996 and they have managed to win only three games out of the 12 matches played between 2001 and 2010.