Arthur agrees to a two-year deal with Sri Lanka

Muscat Daily - - SPORTS -

Colombo, Sri Lanka - Mickey Arthur is set to take over as Sri Lanka's head coach. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has agreed a two-year con­tract with Arthur, the for­mer South Africa, Aus­tralia and Pak­istan coach, with a for­mal an­nounce­ment to be made shortly.

Join­ing his back­room staff will be Grant Flower as bat­ting coach, David Saker as bowl­ing coach, and Shane McDer­mott as field­ing coach, in what is a com­plete over­haul of the team's coach­ing setup.

"They will all be join­ing on two-year con­tracts," SLC CEO Ashley De Silva con­firmed.

ESPNcricin­fo un­der­stands that Flower will only work with Sri Lanka's white-ball teams, and will not travel to Pak­istan for the Test se­ries later this month.

Arthur is the 11th head coach of the Sri Lanka men's team in the last eight years, and his first chal­lenge will be a re­turn to Pak­istan where he had been head coach from 2016 un­til the end of this year's ODI World Cup in July.

It is un­der­stood in­terim head coach Rumesh Rat­nayake will also be on tour to help with the tran­si­tion. Pak­istan re­moved Arthur as head coach ear­lier this year, fol­low­ing a string of poor re­sults, but the team also achieved some no­table highs dur­ing his ten­ure, in­clud­ing win­ning the 2017 Cham­pi­ons Tro­phy and gain­ing the No 1 Test rank­ing, briefly, and in T20Is.

Flower joins Arthur's back­room staff hav­ing va­cated the head coach role at Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) side Rang­pur Rangers.

Flower has a good work­ing re­la­tion­ship with Arthur, hav­ing worked with him as Pak­istan's bat­ting coach be­fore he too was let go ear­lier this year. Saker has worked as bowl­ing coach for both Eng­land and Aus­tralia over the last ten years, be­fore he took up the role of bowl­ing coach with US ear­lier this year - one he has now left.

McDer­mott was the first of the four new ap­point­ments to have come on board, with SLC se­cur­ing his con­tract ear­lier this month on the rec­om­men­da­tion of Cricket Aus­tralia. He had ear­lier served as the South Aus­tralia Cricket As­so­ci­a­tion's high-per­for­mance coach.

De­spite the new ap­point­ments, how­ever, pre­vi­ous Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathu­rus­ingha re­mains un­der con­tract with SLC.

Arthur is the 11th head coach of the Sri Lanka team in the last eight years and his first chal­lenge will be a tour to Pak­istan

Mickey Arthur

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