Former South Africa and Australia cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has been nominated as the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team on Friday which has been vacant for over a month since their former coach and the legendary fast bowler Waqar Younis stepped down from the position owing to the side’s disastrous World Twenty20 campaign.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday confirmed the news of appointment of Mickey Arthur as the head coach and said in a statement “Following detailed consultations on this matter at the last Board Of Governors’ meeting and further telephone consultations by the PCB Chairman with Board Of Governers, discussions with Mickey Arthur were initiated and he has confirmed his acceptance of the post of Head Coach of the Pakistan National Cricket team.” The 47- year old South African is expected to take the charge of the team from end of this month, PCB confirmed in that statement too “The modalities vis-a-vis his contract are being finalised. It is expected that Mickey Arthur will be able to join the PCB toward the end of this month.”
Pakistan cricket is going through turmoil for quite a long time and the disappointing performance in the T20 World Cup has made the situation worse for the 1992 World Cup winners. Moreover two consecutive losses against the arch rivals India in the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup, PCB felt the change in the management is inevitable. Waqar Younis, who had been famous for his lethal in-swing yorkers in his playing days, had completely lost his acceptance in the dressing room and had resigned from the head coach post claiming that none of his suggestions were being accepted by the PCB.
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After Waqar’s resignation, the PCB invited applications from potential candidates for the national team head coach position. Moreover, they appointed a selection panel comprising the “Sultan of Swing” Wasim Akram, batting legend Ramiz Raja and Faisal Mirza to make recommendations to the PCB. The head coach position was first offered to the former Australian batsman Stuart Law, who rejected the offer due to his inability to take charge of the team immediately. Wicket-keeper and former English coach Peter Moores had also turned down the offer.
Mickey Arthur, who played 110 first class matches as a batsman in South Africa, was a successful coach for the Proteas and took the team to the world number one ranking in all formats of the game during his coaching stint as the head coach from 2005 to 2010. During his reign, South Africa won consecutive 13 One Day internationals and leveled Australia’s record. In 2011, Arthur took charge of the “Kangaroos” and his short tenure ended in 2013 after they failed to retain the Ashes at home soil. Though Arthur had not managed a sub-continental team before this, but he has a fair bit of idea about the wicket and the condition as he has already helmed the Karachi Kings team in the Pakistan Super League and the Dhaka Gladiators in the Bangladesh Premier League before that. Now it will be interesting to see whether Arthur will be able to regain the lost pride of the Pakistan Cricket Team or not. We wish him all the best for his new venture.