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Mickey Arthur arrives in Pakistan

Mickey Arthur is expected to be appointed as Pakistan team director and will stay with squad till April 20

By Sohail Imran
April 18, 2023
Mickey Arthur upon arrival in Islmabad. — PCB
Mickey Arthur upon arrival in Islmabad. — PCB

ISLAMABAD: Former head coach Mickey Arthur — who is expected to be appointed as director of the Pakistan team — reached Islamabad on Tuesday, according to a cricket board statement.

He will stay with the Pakistan men’s team till April 20 before leaving for England, where he is Derbyshire’s Head of Cricket.

Arthur has previously served as head coach of the Pakistan team for three years, having taken up the mantle in 2016. During his tenure, Pakistan also won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.

However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) decided to not renew the contracts of Arthur and his support staff, following the team's fifth-place finish at the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019.

The PCB had earlier confirmed that it has been in talks with former national team head coach Arthur with a view to appointing him as the head coach to guide the side through the ACC Asia Cup, ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 and the ICC Champions Trophy 2025.

However, owing to Arthur's long-term contract with Derbyshire, PCB also discussed a proposal to act as a consultant to the team on a time-sharing basis with Derbyshire.

Arthur has promised PCB to join the team in India for the 50-over ICC World Cup in India this year. Meanwhile, he will continue working for Derbyshire County Cricket Club as a full-time coach and won’t be available during the English domestic season.

It must be noted that English county side Derbyshire had secured the services of Arthur until the end of the 2025 season, in December last year. The ex-Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka head coach had initially joined the club in November 2021 on a two-year deal.

Grant Bradburn was named head coach of the Pakistan team for the ongoing limited-overs series against New Zealand, which included five ODIs and as many T20Is.

“The PCB will confirm the Pakistan team management for the post-New Zealand series following the completion of the relevant recruitment processes, which are presently ongoing,” the PCB had earlier stated in a press release.