Former Pakistan Men’s cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has asked for some time after the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) offered to rope him as the side’s head coach. According to Geo News, Arthur was approached by the PCB officials regarding the Pakistan cricket team’s head coach but he has said that he would need some time to think over it. Mickey Arthur is currently coaching the Derbyshire, an English county team.
As per some trusted sources, Arthur has sought time to take this offer up with the Derbyshire officials. He said he can only provide clarity on this matter after speaking with the county club’s top brass. Arthur had previously coached the Pakistan cricket team between 2016 and 2019. He was at the helm of team management when Pakistan brought home the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017 under the leadership of Sarfaraz Ahmed.
Cricket experts see this decision of roping Mickey Arthur for the role of head coach as part of Najam Sethi’s swift action plan to revive Pakistan cricket. Sethi replaced Ramiz Raja as the PCB Chairman in December 2022.
Pakistan cricket team’s performance in the last couple of years under Ramiz Raja drew a lot of flakes from various experts and sports journalists. During Ramiz’s tenure, Pakistan defeated India for the very first time in a world cup match, played the semi-final of the World T20 in 2021, played the final of the Asia Cup and T20 World Cup in 2022. But, Pakistan cricket fans were not satisfied with the approach of their team, especially at home.
It will be interesting to see if Mickey Arthur accepts the position of head coach as it will take a lot of effort to instill a positive approach within the players.