Pakistan Cricket Board has extended Coach Mickey Arthur and other supporting staff’s tenure till World Cup 2019, to be held in England, on Friday. A PCB official confirmed this news while talking to PTI.
The official person said while talking to media, “Contracts of the head coach and other support staff have been extended till the World Cup. The only change that can be made in the management is that of the manager.”
Under the guidance of Arthur Pakistan played some exceptional cricket, since his appointment in June 2016. First, they drew the Test series in England by two all before winning the marquee Champions Trophy by beating India in the finals. The official person believes it made coach’s case strong for retaining the position till WC’19. “It makes no sense to make changes now as the next important assignment is the World Cup,” he said.
Arthur was in news earlier, when Umar Akmal alleged him of abusing after an altercation in National Cricket Academy. But, this led Akmal to a three-match ban with one million rupees fine along with two-month suspension on playing in foreign T20 leagues.
The official person concluded while quoting, “Arthur told Umar that only contracted players were being trained at the NCA when Umar raised the issue of Salman Butt (having nets at the NCA). The head coach told him to focus on his own fitness and form. Arthur didn’t say anything out of ordinary.”
Pakistan is currently playing with Sri Lanka in UAE, which contains 2 Test, 5 ODIs and 3 T20Is.