Sri Lanka cricket team’s head coach Mickey Arthur clarified that there is no rivalry between him and Pakistan’s head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq.
While talking to the media at National Stadium Karachi (NSK) ahead of their second Test, starting from December 19, Arthur called Misbah true gentleman and a legendary cricketer.
“There is absolutely nothing between me and Misbah. I admire him as a strong cricketer and his presence in Pakistan’s contingent will surely help his team. He has the experience, technique and everything a coach must contain,” Arthur said.
Arthur once again recalled his time with the Pakistan team but looking forward to his new assignment which is with the Sri Lankan team. “I have already mentioned that my time with the Pakistan team was one of the memorable happenings in my life. I enjoyed my three years with young and energetic boys. However, now its blue and I am hoping to give my best here,” the former first-class cricketer said.
Arthur, when taken into the past and asked about like and dislike in the Pakistan team during his tenure, refused to accept such things. “I never thought like that. If you talk about Kamran Akmal, Umar Akmal, and Ahmed Shahzad so I have already mentioned that for me they were not match-winners. I wanted to invest more in young players and I did,” he maintained.
It must be noted here that Arthur served as the Pakistan team’s head coach from 2016 to 2019. He led the team to Champions Trophy triumph in 2017.