Mickey ap­pointed Pak­istan cricket team head coach

Pakistan Observer - - SPORTS - SPORTS RE­PORTER

LA­HORE—Former South African crick­eter and coach for PSL’s Karachi Kings, Mickey Arthur, has been ap­pointed as Pak­istan cricket team’s head coach, con­firmed the Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) on Fri­day.

The post was left va­cant af­ter Waqar You­nis re­signed fol­low­ing Pak­istan’s dis­as­trous World Twenty20 per­for­mance in In­dia, where they tri­umphed in only one of four matches be­fore crash­ing out.

The PCB wanted to fill the post be­fore Pak­istan’s all-im­por­tant tour of Eng­land be­gin­ning in July, where they play four Tests, one Twenty20 and five one-day in­ter­na­tion­als.

Pak­istan’s search for a new na­tional coach hit a fresh road­block on Thurs­day as of­fi­cials said their top pick, Aus­tralia’s Stu­art Law, turned down the of­fer to coach the ail­ing na­tional team.

The Pak­istan Cricket Board (PCB) formed a two-man com­mit­tee — com­pris­ing ex-cap­tains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja — to con­duct the search for a new coach.

They short­listed Law and his fel­low coun­try­man Dean Jones, Eng­land’s Andy Moles and South African Mickey Arthur.

Former Eng­land coach Peter Moores had also turned down an op­por­tu­nity ear­lier to suc­ceed Waqar You­nis as the new Pak­istan coach. Moores had said he de­clined a chance to re­turn to in­ter­na­tional coach­ing af­ter Eng­land sacked him for the sec­ond time last year.

Mickey Arthur’s se­lec­tion as Pak­istan’s head coach comes af­ter Peter Moores and Stu­art Law turned down the of­fer.

Coach­ing Pak­istan, tra­di­tion­ally a frac­tious bunch of tal­ented in­di­vid­u­als, is one of the tough­est jobs in in­ter­na­tional cricket.

The job is fur­ther com­pli­cated by the rel­a­tively low pay and Pak­istan’s se­cu­rity is­sues, while at­tempts to build re­la­tion­ships with volatile na­tional play­ers are of­ten ham­pered by its high turnover.

Pak­istan has had four for­eign coaches in the past: Richard Py­bus (two tenures in 1999 and 2002-03), Bob Woolmer (200407), Ge­off Law­son (2007-2008) and Dav What­more (2012-14).

The board’s bud­get for the head coach salary is re­port­edly $16,000 to $20,000 per month — much less than sim­i­lar po­si­tions else­where.

For­eign coaches balk at tour­ing a coun­try where in­ter­na­tional cricket has been sus­pended since an ex­trem­ist at­tack on the Sri Lankan team bus in La­hore in 2009.

Mickey Arthur, 47, was ap­pointed as the Pak­istan cricket team’s head coach in May 2016.

Arthur had a suc­cess­ful run as South Africa’s head coach where he de­vel­oped and led the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a na­tional high per­for­mance coach­ing frame­work for the na­tional team.

He took over as head coach of South Africa in 2005 when the Proteas were ranked third among test-play­ing na­tions and sixth in the one-day for­mat.

Four years later, South Africa was ranked No.1 in both for­mats, with 2008 net­ting South Africa test se­ries wins in In­dia, Eng­land and Aus­tralia.

He was ap­pointed head coach of the Aus­tralian Na­tional Cricket Team from 2011-2013 af­ter their home Ashes de­feat in 2010-11.

De­spite win­ning 10 of his 19 Tests in charge, he had rifts with many of his se­nior play­ers, mainly dur­ing the in­fa­mous home­work saga in In­dia in 2012-13, and was sacked af­ter a se­ries loss and re­placed by Dar­ren Lehmann

Since then, the South African has worked in both the Caribbean Premier League, where he coached Ja­maica Tallawahs in 2014, the Bangladesh Premier League (BPL), where he was in charge of the Dhaka glad­i­a­tors in 2015, and the Karachi Kings in 2016.

Arthur has also coached do­mes­tic sides in South Africa, with Eastern Cape, and Aus­tralia, where he coached West­ern Aus­tralia. Arthur holds a Level 4 Coach­ing Cer­tifi­cate from South Africa.

He played 110 first class games as a bats­man in South Africa and won 13 con­sec­u­tive ODIs, equalling Aus­tralia’s world record and served on the ICC Cricket Com­mit­tee from 2008 – 2010.

Played 110 first class games as a bats­man in South Africa. As coach, led the South African na­tional team to world num­ber one rank­ings across all for­mats. Won 13 con­sec­u­tive ODIs, equal­ing Aus­tralia’s world record. Served on the ICC Cricket Com­mit­tee 2008 – 2010.

De­vel­oped and led the im­ple­men­ta­tion of a na­tional high per­for­mance coach­ing frame­work for South Africa, lead­ing to the rise of in­ter­na­tion­ally suc­cess­ful tal­ent.

Level 4 Coach­ing Cer­tifi­cate, South Africa Karachi Kings, 2016, Dhaka Glad­i­a­tors, 2015, Ja­maica Tallawahs, 2014, Aus­tralian Na­tional Cricket Team, 2011 – 2013, South African Na­tional Cricket Team, 2005 – 2010.

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