The Pakistan cricket board has decided to appoint the South African Mickey Arthur as head coach of Pakistan cricket team after the former Proteas player confirmed that he is ready to accept the offer of Pakistan Cricket Board according to a press release issued today.
“Following detailed consultations on this matter at the last Board Of Governors’ 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 National Cricket team.” the press release stated.
Mickey has coached the South African and Australian team before and has vast experience of coaching various team in numerous T20 leagues held around the globe including the Pakistan Super League where he was the head coach of Karachi Kings.
Mickey Arthur played 100 first class and 150 List A matches but never got a chance to serve his country by playing international cricket but under his coaching the South African team did become world beaters. His tenure with South African team ended in 2010 and after that he became the first foreign born coach of Australian cricket team.
Arthur’s first big challenge will be Pakistan’s tour of England and he will have to prove a point or two their because Pakistan generally do tend to struggle in English conditions so his work is cut out. He will replace Waqar Younis who resigned after the team’s dismal performance in the World T20 and Asia Cup.