Mickey Arthur: Pakistan not renewing head coach's contract

Ruben Hill
August 8, 2019

The board's decision will mean that almost the entire coaching staff of the senior men's team - batting coach Grant Flower, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, and fitness trainer Grant Luden - will not have their contracts extended. However, Pakistan's failure to reach the semi-final stage of the recently-concluded 2019 World Cup might have had an influence on the cricket committee's recommendations.

The cricket committee had marathon sessions last week during which Arthur, Ahmed and chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq were called separately to brief the members and also answer questions on the team's performance in the World Cup.

"On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men's team".

Arthur was appointed as head coach in May 2016 after the side's disappointing performance at the World T20 in 2016 ended with Waqar Younis' stint coming to a close.

Notoriously unpredictable, they followed that defeat up in typical style in their second match, spectacularly turning the table on hosts and pre-tournament favourites England with a 14-run victory.

Under him, Pakistan's biggest gain was winning the ICC Champions Trophy two years back.

Reports say Arthur is on the shortlist of names for the next England coach after Trevor Bayliss departs following the ongoing Ashes Test series. The committee comprised of individuals who possess tremendous acumen, experience and knowledge.

The PCB cricket committee is headed by Managing Director Wasim Khan and includes former captains Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq, Urooj Mumtaz and Mudassar Nazar (PCB's Director academies) and Zakir Khan (head global cricket operations).

'The unanimous recommendation of the committee was that it was time for new leadership and a fresh approach.

All-rounders Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik have not been awarded contracts "but they will remain available for selection", a PCB press release said.

Coincidentally or not, Pakistan's Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Wednesday it wouldn't be renewing Arthur's contract, meaning the South African walks away next week after three years in charge.

That win, Arthur said, "brought on a whole new team of young players".

After Pakistan's disqualification, Malik had announced his retirement from one-day worldwide cricket.

In all, Pakistan won 10 out of 28 Tests under Arthur, losing 17 and drawing one.

Mike Hesson stepped down after six years as Black Caps coach in June last year.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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