The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday appointed South Africa’s Mickey Arthur as new head coach.
“The PCB announces Mickey Arthur as head coach of Pakistan national cricket team,” read a PCB press release.
“Following Waqar Younis’ resignation as head coach last month, the PCB embarked upon a transparent process of inviting applications from potential candidates for the position.
“A panel was appointed comprising Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, and Faisal Mirza to make recommendations to the PCB. The panel received and reviewed applications forwarded four recommendations to the PCB for it to make a final decision,” the press release further read.
“Following detailed consultations on this matter at the last Board of Governors’ (BOG) meeting and further telephone consultations by the PCB chairman with BoG members, discussions with Mickey Arthur were initiated and he has confirmed his acceptance of the post of head coach of the Pakistan cricket team,” announced PCB.
The 48-year-old also coached Karachi Kings in the inaugural Pakistan Super League.
Arthur successfully coached his native South Africa from 2005-2010 before migrating to Australia, where he remained coach of the national team for 19 months.
But he found his job in danger after Australia lost a Test series in India 4-0 and followed it up with a poor showing at the Champions Trophy in England.
He was unceremoniously sacked two weeks before the Ashes series started in England in June 2013, with two years to run on his contract, and replaced by Darren Lehmann.
He later sued Cricket Australia for up to Aus$4 million (US3.7 million), claiming there had been a deliberate campaign against him, before reaching a confidential agreement with the governing body.