Pakistan cannot dream of playing in such big stadium: Former India cricketer

Reacting to Arthur’s comment, former Indian pacer said that even India's "C team" can beat Pakistan's main XI

Pakistan cannot dream of playing in such big stadium: Former India cricketer PHOTO: AFP

Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur took aim at the ICC for a lack of support for his side in their showpiece match against arch-rivals India in Ahmedabad’s 132,000 capacity stadium on Saturday.

Arthur said the game had looked more like a “BCCI (Board of Control for Cricket in India) event” than a major international cricket fixture.

In response to Arthur's comments, Greg Barclay, the chairman of the International Cricket Council, acknowledged the criticisms, stating, "Every event we have, there are always criticisms from various quarters, things that we will take away and try to work on, try to do better."

Former Indian fast bowler S Sreesanth weighed in on Arthur's remarks, expressing skepticism about Pakistan's ability to defeat India in an ICC trophy or any other event. Sreesanth went on to assert that even India's "C team" could outperform Pakistan's main XI.

“Mickey Arthur said we’ll meet in the final. I don’t think Pakistan can ever beat India in an ICC trophy or in any other event considering the team they have. Even our C team can beat Pakistan’s main XI. Make an IPL XI of players who are not playing, even they can defeat the Pakistan team,” Sreesanth was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.

“Pakistan cannot even dream of playing in such a big stadium. We gave them a chance, but if you play like that, you won’t get such chances again,” Sreesanth added.

Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has filed a complaint in respect of inappropriate conduct targeted at the Pakistan squad during the aforementioned India versus Pakistan clash.