Mickey Arthur named Pakistan cricket 'team director'

January 31, 2023

PCB is mulling working with assistant coaches rather than head coach

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Mickey Arthur waves to fans at the end of the second Test cricket match between Sri Lanka and West Indies at the Galle International Cricket Stadium in Galle on December 3, 2021. — AFP

After the appointment of Mickey Arthur as Pakistan's first "online coach", the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) made a re-announcement that it is seeking Arthur's services as a "team director" rather than the head coach, sources told Geo News on Monday.

They also added that the decision of terminating the position of head coach of the Pakistan cricket team has been made and the board is considering to work with the assistant coaches.

Three assistant coaches will be hired for batting bowling and fielding separately with the former South African star cricketer.

Earlier, sources had told that New Zealand's former Test cricketer Grant Bradburn is likely to return to the Pakistan cricket setup.

Bradburn, who remained the fielding coach of the Pakistan men's team from 2018 to 2020, is most likely to become Pakistan men's team assistant coach.

Arthur, who led Pakistan to its first-ever ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, will be the team director and look after all matters.

However, the former Pakistan coach will not be available to the national side during the English county season, according to the expected contract.

Arthur will be with the team for the ODI World Cup 2023 and Australia tour.

Earlier, it was reported that Arthur had agreed to take up a coaching role online till this year's ICC World Cup, which is scheduled in India.

Reliable sources told The Jang that Arthur will be available on the ground for very few assignments. The former coach has promised PCB to join the team in India for the 50-overs mega event this year. Meanwhile, he will continue working for Derbyshire County Cricket Club as a full-time coach.

On the other hand, the national cricket governing body has decided to appoint a Chief of Staff for Arthur.

Islamabad United General Manager Rehanul Haq is likely to be appointed as the team manager, replacing Mansoor Rana.

The former Sri Lanka coach is likely to come to Lahore in the first week of April.

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