Mickey Arthur Cherishes Coaching Stint with Pakistan
After overseeing one of the finest periods of Cricket South Africa (CSA) way back from 2005-2010, Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur revealed he is enjoying his role after the agreement with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) last year.
“Pakistan have been fantastic. I love this job with them,” Arthur told Cricbuzz.
Interestingly, in May 2016, South Africa-based Arthur was handed over a full-time top-profile role after former Pakistan fast bowler Waqar Younis stepped down as a chief coach which the latter resigning from the post in April
Adamant in approach the 49-year-old Arthur revealed it has been fascinating to travel different parts of the world while adding he has focused on his role, as he believes he won’t be able to change the amend the customs.
“The one thing that I learn is that you have to adjust to the culture. You can’t change the culture. I learned that with Australia,” Arthur added.
Being instrumental for Pakistan after winning the ICC Champions Trophy title which concluded in June, this year in the England and Wales, Arthur stated coaching an Asian side is somewhat special.
“I don’t think you ever coached unless you have coached an Asian team,” Arthur maintained.
Former Proteas first-class cricketer Arthur has also coached his national side South Africa between for five years, before taking on the challenge after being roped in as Australia coach from 2011 to 2013.
Moreover, Arthur found it challenging task during his Association with Australia, a fantastic team like Pakistan has further kept the coach on feet.
While tasting the success with Pakistan, Arthur remarked his team is going in the right direction, and he would be aiming to continue with the same pace.
“I really think that we are on the right track,” Arthur further added.
Arthur has further lauded efforts of the PCB administration in a bid to work in the cordial atmosphere to reap the benefits from time to time.
“The backing up I have got from the PCB is second to none. They have allowed me to do what I want to do for the best,” Arthur asserted.
Arthur was disappointed with the team’s performance in the two-match Test series against Sri Lanka.
Following the right balance, the team managed to rout the Lions by 5-0 in the One-day international series followed by 3-0 in the three-match Twenty20 Internationals, as Arthur expressed satisfaction with performances youngsters put in.
“I love rebuilding teams. We have to rebuild the Test team now. Our ODI team is quite formidable now having gained a lot of confidence after winning the Champions Trophy,” Arthur concluded.
Arthur asserted he is looking forward to instilling confidence among the youngsters after Misbah-Ul-Haq and Younis Khan walked off for the final time during the Windies tour earlier this year.
After seniors left the gaping hole in the batting line-up, Arthur made it clear by saying he always loved to face the challenges being thrown in the way.
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