PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) chairman Shahryar Khan has admitted that PCB has not made any mistake to select Mickey Arthur as Pakistan cricket coach
Some years back, the South African Mickey Arthur had alleged that some Pakistan cricketers are involved in match-fixing. In Arthur’s biography, it was revealed that he suspected an ODI match between Pakistan and South Africa in Lahore in 2007 was fixed. Arthur was the coach of the South African team on that tour to Pakistan.
Later, PCB had sent him a three-page legal notice in November 2009.
PCB chairman Shahryar Khan told the Express newspaper, “Look Mickey Arthur has already clarified to us about that statement he made some years ago. So it is a dead issue now. He was the coach with the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, so he knows the players well. He should be successful in his assignment.”
Later Arthur denied about making this allegation. Arthur had stated in 2009, “There is absolutely no foundation to this story whatsoever. Quite simply, my comments were taken completely out of context and I have never accused anybody of anything illegal.”
The PCB chairman said that they want to go ahead after putting behind the past. Khan said, “The past is past. We now must look ahead and hope for good results. What Arthur said some years ago is no longer a problem or issue now.”
Khan also confirmed that former Pakistan Test skipper Intikhab Alam would remain as manager for the upcoming England tour. Khan said, “We see no reason to change the manager for this important tour. Intikhab has done a good job and is a very experienced manager. We will need someone like him on what is an important tour for us.”
“We think Intikhab is the right man for the job for this tour as we don’t want any controversies on this tour. We will be taking steps to ensure everything goes smoothly.” – pointed out the spot-fixing controversies in the last England tour in 2010
Khan has also confirmed that Grant Flower would also remain as batting coach while Grant Ludon would remain as the support staff for the England tour.
Then Khan also added, “But when Mickey Arthur joins the team and if he suggests any changes in the support staff then definitely we will have to give his suggestions consideration.”