Former coach of Pakistan, Mikey Arthur:
Pakistan cricket team’s former coach Mickey Arthur had coached Pakistan for the last 3 years. Mickey Arthur intended to continue coaching Pakistan’s cricket team as he had expressed so in his conversations with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hierarchy.
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) hierarchy committee which included Misbah-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram, reviewed Mickey Arthur’s tenure as Pakistan cricket team’s coach before deciding to move on. Also, the fact that it was Misbah-ul-Haq who succeeded Mickey Arthur as Pakistan’s coach did not go unnoticed.
Mickey Arthur said that the only disappointment he has out of everything else is that there were some people he trusted, who did not succeed in his expectations. Mickey Arthur further clarified that he is not talking about the hierarchy, he is talking about the people on the cricket committee that he trusted who said something else and did something else, which was very disappointing.
Mickey Arthur himself recommended the names of Misbah-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram when the committee was first being put together by Pakistan Cricket Board’s chairman Ehsan Mani. The PCB’s cricket committee also included the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Wasim Khan, Haroon Rasheed, Mudassar Nazar, and former Women’s captain Urooj Mumtaz.
Mickey Arthur said about naming Misbah-ul-Haq to the committee that there is no doubt that Misbah-ul-Haq is an outstanding individual and also the godfather of Pakistan cricket. Mickey Arthur said about Wasim Akram that he thought it would be good to get Wasim Akram on the committee because Wasim Akram understands the international game so well and carries a huge stature in international cricket.
Mickey Arthur said that Misbah-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram were the guys he endorsed and enjoyed. Arthur understands that the committee had a job to do and they made their decision, what they thought is in the best interests of Pakistan cricket. Mickey Arthur praised Misbah-ul-Haq by saying that he will do a good job, he is a good guy and Pakistan cricket has made their decision. Mickey Arthur accepted that he was disappointed for sure as he loved every second of his job as Pakistan cricket team’s coach.
Mickey Arthur about PCB cricket committee:
Mickey Arthur’s fate was decided by the PCB cricket committee five-hour-long discussion in early August, a month after Pakistan narrowly failed to make the semi-finals of the World Cup 2019.
Mickey Arthur said regarding the discussion that he was given a chance, and was also asked a lot of questions. Arthur further said that the thing that disappointed him just a little bit out of that was that a lot of the questions that were being asked of him were questions that could be debated either way.
Mickey Arthur also said that a lot of it was spoken about it in hindsight. He further clarified that it is always easy to speak in hindsight and a lot of the information they told him was factually incorrect. Mickey Arthur thinks that all that factually incorrect information was what the committee ended up making their decision on. Arthur accepted that it was a great time and agreed that he was disappointed but at the end of the day, he had three fantastic years with Pakistan.
Mickey Arthur about Pakistan cricket team:
Mickey Arthur said about Pakistan’s cricket team that we had just built a team together and it took three years to get where we needed to be. He said that our T20I team was going beautifully, and our ODI team had a lot of young players. Mickey Arthur said that these young players were just coming to the fore as we all saw at the end of the World Cup 2019 how exciting we could be as a team. He said that the challenge was going to build a new test team and that Mickey Arthur was looking forward to carrying on for just a little bit extra.
Mickey Arthur will now coach Central Stags in New Zealand’s Super Smash T20 later this year. Mickey Arthur’s future as Karachi Kings’ coach remains unclear as of now but Mickey Arthur has stated that he wants to get back to international coaching.