Former South African cricketer Michael Arthur, famously known as Mickey Arthur has been appointed as the head coach of Pakistan cricket team, Pakistan Cricket Board has confirmed the news and have also released press release in the regard.
Arthur have played South African domestic cricket from 1986 to 2001, on the other hand, he have been coaching national teams of Australia and South Africa in the recent past.
The slot for Pakistan cricket team’s head coach was available after the previous head coach Waqar Younis resigned over World T20 2016 debacle. Since then several names were up for taking on this charge, and today finally have issued a press release regarding Mickey Arthur’s appointment as head coach of Pakistan National cricket Team.
It will be relevant to mention here that Pakistan cricket Team’s T20 captain Shahid Afridi also resigned after World T20 2016 as Pakistan team was just able to taste a single victory in four matches at the mega event.
The panel comprising of Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, and Faisal Mirza was constituted by the PCB, who were ask to receive and review the applications. According to the sources, the four names shortlisted by this panel were Stuart Law from Australia, Andy Moles from England, Dean Jones from Australia and Mickey Arthur from South Africa.
It will be pertinent to mention here that Stuart Law was most likely to take over as Pakistan National Cricket Team head coach, but he turned down the offer and showed his eagerness to coach Indian Cricket Team.
According to the PCB press release, Arthur is expected to join the team late in this month.
The latest appointed Mickey Arthur is the 5th foreign coach for Pakistan cricket team after Richard Pybus, Bob Woolmer, Geoff Lawson and David Whatmore.