Mickey Arthur ‘Hurt’ After PCB Axe Him as Pakistan Head Coach

Mickey Arthur ‘Hurt’ After PCB Axe Him as Pakistan Head Coach

Mickey Arthur
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After the Pakistan Cricket Board on Wednesday (August 7) had made it clear that they won’t renew contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur and his coaching staff, Arthur has revealed that the decision has left him ‘hurt’ and ‘disappointment.

Recently, the reports suggested that Arthur had sought 24 months from PCB to pay rich dividends for the Men in Green.

Meanwhile, Arthur’s tenure will expire on August 15 officially, whereas, PCB chief Ehsan Mani had maintained that they would also let go bowling coach Azhar Mahmood apart from Grant Flower and Grand Luden, who is strength and conditioning coach.

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During the 2019 World Cup, Pakistan had finished fifth in the league stage table after having same points with New Zealand. However, Pakistan could not make it to the semi-final based on inferior net run-rate than New Zealand.

Besides, Kane Williamson-led New Zealand had finished as runners-up with hosts England lifting the coveted title for the first time in their history.

Arthur is thoroughly disappointed:

Mickey Arthur, Pakistan, Cricket World Cup
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The South African had stated that he had given cent per cent effort to uplift Pakistan cricket.

“I am extremely disappointed and hurt. I did my wholehearted effort to lift Pakistan cricket,” Arthur told Pakistan media.

With Pakistan seeking a change in the entire coaching staff, Arthur is tipped among hot-favourites to coach England team. Furthermore, the report suggested that Arthur had recently applied as a coach for Sri Lanka Cricket (SCL).

The PCB said in a statement that they’re seeking coaching overhauling by giving away with the entire coaching staff.

“PCB will be immediately undertaking a robust recruitment process. It had decided not to renew the contracts of head coach Arthur, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, batting coach Grant Flower and trainer Grant Luden,” PCB release said.

In the meanwhile, the four-member committee has evaluated Pakistan campaign at the World Cup. Also, the members of the committee have taken a team’s performance since 2017 into consideration.

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Under his tutelage, Pakistan has struggled in the Test fold. They won just 10 in 28  matches. Pakistan had lost 17 and could manage a draw. Also, they had lost 34 ODIs and won 29 out of 66 games. Even three fixtures had ended up without any result.

Wasim Akram is the part of cricket committee:

Wasim Akram, ICC World Cup, India, Pakistan, Old Trafford, Manchester
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Also, former Pakistan skippers Wasim Akram, and Misbah Ul Haq have suggested for a fresh approach based on a unanimous decision.

Also, PCB would advertise the posts regarding the requirements.

“The committee comprised of individuals who possess tremendous acumen, experience and knowledge. The unanimous recommendation of the committee was that it was time for new leadership and a fresh approach,” Mani stated.

Meanwhile, Arthur had joined Men in Green which also saw him seeing Pakistan winning the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy.

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter, Instagram: TahirIbnManzoor