When the Asian giants met in their tournament opener at Edgbaston on June 4,
Arthur, a former coach of both his native
Two days later, again in the Welsh capital,
Now, with left-arm paceman Mohammad Amir returning to the side after a back spasm ruled him out of the England match, Arthur believes there will be no repeat of their woeful pool showing against India when the latest edition of world cricket’s most high-profile contest takes place in London.
“It was very disappointing to see that go wrong in the Indian game, but... we’ve closed the chapter on that.
“That was an aberration. We’re now moving forward.”
Amir’s return bolsters an already impressive
And Arthur believes that if Pakistan can strike with the new ball, they will have the chance to test an Indian middle-order who have hardly been required to bat during this Champions Trophy, with the likes of openers Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, as well as captain and star No 3 Virat Kohli piling on the runs.
“Our strength has been the fact that we’ve been able to take wickets, and we’ve been able to take wickets consistently through the middle periods,” explained Arthur.
“If we can get amongst them with the new ball, we can expose the middle-order that hasn’t batted much in this competition – so that’s pretty much our aim and focus.”
But Arthur, who took charge shortly before last year’s tour of
“I don’t think we’ve exceeded expectations at all,” he said ahead of what will be
“We had the mantra ‘we want to get to
Sunday’s match could, according to some estimates, attract a global television audience of a billion, and Arthur was in no doubt of the significance of a win over
“I just know it’ll mean a massive amount to them,” he said. “There’s a hell of a good vibe in that dressing room.
“Let’s hope we can put our ‘A’ game again together tomorrow – because if we can, and I said it before the