Mickey Arthur will rejoin the Pakistan team
Has been the head coach of the team from 2016 to 2019
new Delhi. The new coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team will be Mickey Arthur of South Africa… it is almost decided. Najam Sethi had offered the head coach to Mickey Arthur as soon as he became the chairman of PCB. According to Pakistani media, Arthur has accepted this proposal. He is currently working with England’s county team Derbyshire. Pakistan’s current head coach Saqlain Mushtaq’s contract with PCB is till February. It is believed that after this Mickey Arthur will join the team.
This will be Mickey Arthur’s second term with the Pakistan team. It was Najam Sethi who made Arthur the head coach of the team for the first time while being the PCB chairman. He stayed with the team from May 2016 to 2019. During his time, the Pakistan team achieved the number one ranking in Tests and ODIs. The biggest achievement of Arthur’s tenure was winning the Champions Trophy in 2017 by defeating India. At that time the captain of the team was Sarfaraz Ahmed. Sarfaraz has also returned to the Test team after a long time. In the first Test match being played in Karachi against New Zealand, Sarfaraz has been included in the playing XI in place of Mohammad Rizwan.
Allegations of ousting senior players
During Mickey Arthur’s first term, he was accused of creating a divide in the Pakistan team. Former cricketer Abdul Qadir had said in an interview to Express News, Mickey Arthur has ruined the Pakistan team. He accused Mickey of leaving senior players like Ahmed Shahzad, Umar Akmal, Salman Butt out of the team together. Apart from this, the news of scuffle with some players of Arthur’s team was also in discussion.
‘Coaching is a professional business, no compromise with it’
Talking to the media, PCB Chairman Najam Sethi said, I have always believed that we need a foreign coach for the national team, not a Pakistani star. Coaching is a professional business and we do not have any qualified coach, although stars are definitely present. These are 2 different things. He said, being the PCB chairman, I had added 4-5 foreign coaches to the team along with Mickey Arthur. Its results were also found. Foreign coaches do not see friendship and this thing is too much in our culture.
FIRST PUBLISHED : December 26, 2022, 13:40 IST