Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has rejected the chance to be the coach of the men’s cricket team for a second time. In what is bad news for current coach Saqlain Mushtaq, recently appointed chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Najim Sethi said they’re looking for a foreign coach moving forward.
South African Arthur who had previously coached the 2009 T20 World Cup winners in the 2015 50-over World Cup, was on top of their list. Mickey Arthur turning down the role in favour of staying with Derbyshire leaves the PCB with a problem and a big void to fill.
The 54-year-old is highly respected in the game after stints with his native South Africa, Sri Lanka and infamously Australia, which lead to homework gate.
Mickey Arthur saying no to Sethi’s charm offensive, will be a bitter blow, the question is where next? The plan was, or so it appeared was Arthur would always say yes to the PCB’s calling. Pakistan could opt to appoint Australian Justin Langer who impressed as the coach of his country or his compatriot Darren Lehman.
Other candidates could be Gary Kirsten who coached arch-rivals India to 2011 World Cup glory. One other name we want to mention is that of Chris Silverwood, the former England coach who did win the Asia Cup with Sri Lanka.
As good as these candidates are, many will no doubt see the new Pakistan coach as a plan B appointment.
Our choice would be Justin Langer, who is more than capable of being a plan A, with Matthew Hayden as a permanent batting consultant. With Haydos supervising the batsmen and Langer the squad in general, just maybe the men in green can find that ruthless streak in the big moments of big games.
For now though, Pakistan’s search for a cricket coach continues
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