What Micky Arthur has to say about Pakistan clash with Sri Lanka
CARDIFF: Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur believes Sri Lanka will be a dangerous opponent and his team needs to be at its best to beat them in their last Group B match at Cardiff on Monday.
The two South Asian rivals meet in a virtual quarter-final the winner of which will go through to the semi-finals.
Eighth ranked Pakistan upset world number one South Africa in their second group match after losing tamely to arch rivals India in the first. Sri Lanka, ranked seventh, had the better of world number three India to leave the Group wide open, with any team can finish at the top or is crashed out.
Form Arthur it would be a double clash with Sri Lankan coach Graham Ford his former South African countryman.
“Fordy and I have been very close over a long period of time so it’s taken on an old friend,” Arthur told media. “Sri Lanka are very dangerous, they played exceptionally well against India. It’s fearless cricket. They hit the ball hard, play outrageous shots. They will be a tough side to beat. We’ll have to be on our game.”