Mickey Arthur: Pakistan not renewing head coach's contract


Pakistan's performance in the recently concluded ICC Men's Cricket World Cup has been highly criticized as the side failed to secure a place in the knock-out stage and lost its game against India.

Arthur was appointed as head coach of Pakistan in May 2016, thus becoming a head coach of an worldwide team for the third time.

Mickey Arthur is to leave his position as Pakistan head coach after the country's cricket board announced his contract would not be renewed.

"The committee comprised of individuals who possess tremendous acumen, experience and knowledge", Mani said. "The PCB Cricket Committee, which met on Friday, were unanimous in their recommendations for the change", PCB said in a statement. "I am happy to accept their strong recommendations", Mani said. We wish them every success in their future endeavors.

The PCB also insisted that while finalising the list of central contracts, which will run from August 1, 2019 to June 30, 2020, players' performances and fitness in the past 12 months and the formats they are likely to represent Pakistan in the upcoming season was taken into consideration.

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Arthur also got a shock when the local media started reporting that when he appeared before the cricket committee he had suggested appointing Shadab Khan and Babar Azam as captains for white and red-ball cricket. "I did my wholehearted effort to lift Pakistan cricket", added Arthur, who could succeed outgoing England coach Trevor Bayliss after the ongoing Ashes.

Mickey Arthur's contract expired after last month's World Cup, won by hosts England, and the South African had asked for a two-year extension.

Under Arther's guidance, Pakistan reached the top of the Test rankings. In addition, the Pakistan team has been number one in the ICC rankings for T20 global cricket for a long time.

"There is unfinished business in Pakistan", he told "The News" in London.

The 19 players have been divided into three categories.

Malik, who recently retired from ODIs, and Hafeez were in categories A and B respectively a year ago. Unfortunately, for him, Pakistan cricket's current think-tank didn't agree with him.