PCB appoints South African Mickey Arthur as head coach

Published: May 6, 2016
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Mickey will join the team at the end of the month. PHOTO: AFP

Mickey will join the team at the end of the month. PHOTO: AFP

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.

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“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.

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“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.

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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.

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  • Last Man Alive
    May 6, 2016 - 4:49PM

    New Coach by PCB !

    Why not New Chairman and Executive Board of PCB too !!??Recommend

  • Khan
    May 6, 2016 - 5:04PM

    “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.”

    Past record not looking good. Surely Pakistan could have done better.Recommend

  • Zack
    May 6, 2016 - 5:21PM

    South Africans involved in betting and fixing hence chances are very high.Recommend

  • Revenge
    May 6, 2016 - 7:36PM

    @Zack: Look who’s talking of fixing and betting.
    @Khan This is what PcCB could afford after being rejected by Richards, Moores and Law. What happened to Dean Jones? Was he too out of your league?Recommend

  • Revenge
    May 6, 2016 - 7:38PM

    I hope he gets paid on time and also that he doesn’t meet the fate of late Woolmer.Recommend

  • SK
    May 7, 2016 - 9:49PM

    A person who sued Cricket Australia for up to Aus$4 million (US3.7 million), I hope PCB has enough money to pay him.Otherwise,with lame duck Azhar as Captain in One day,we might be below 10 position next year.Recommend

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