The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided against renewing the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur and his support staff after Pakistan’s indifferent performance in the recently concluded ICC World Cup. Pakistan failed to qualify for the semi-final after suffering a string of losses during the first part of the tournament. Despite their comeback towards the latter half, they didn’t manage to make it through to the last 4.
“The PCB will be immediately undertaking a robust recruitment process after it decided not to renew the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, batting coach Grant Flower and trainer Grant Luden,” a media release said.
The Pakistan Cricket Committee unanimously decided to sack Mickey Arthur and his coaching staff. It was recommended and discussed with Ehsan Mani, the PCB Chairman.
“I am thankful to the PCB Cricket Committee for submitting their recommendations following an exhaustive and detailed review process. 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. I am happy to accept their strong recommendations,” Mani was quoted as saying in the release.
“On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men’s team. We wish them every success in their future endeavours.
“The PCB remains committed to its fans and followers and we will do our utmost to ensure that we make decisions that continue to move Pakistan cricket forward in all formats.”
Mickey Arthur was appointed the head coach of Pakistan back in 2016. It was under his coaching that Pakistan managed to win the Champions Trophy in 2017 beating India by a massive margin in the final of the tournament.