Prime Minister and the former Pakistan captain Imran Khan has rejected the idea of giving extensions to the coaching staff of Pakistan, although former Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur was told by an influential group of cricketers that he would be there for another two years after the World Cup. According to a highly reliable source, an influential member of the Pakistan Cricket Board along with some other officials earlier assured Arthur he would be retained as head coach despite Pakistan’s dismal show to reach the knockout stage of the World Cup but that certainly didn’t happen.
“Arthur was very confident after these assurances. That is why he came down to Lahore and spent quite a few days in anticipation of an extension but he was also disappointed and shocked when the PCB announced they were not retaining him or the support staff,” the source shared.
According to the source, Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman had talked to Imran Khan who made it clear that Mickey Arthur wouldn’t be retained and new team management will set-up. Even Arthur was shocked to see that local media reported that he had suggested appointing Shadab Khan and Babar Azam as captains for the limited over and Test cricket respectively.
“Arthur has communicated to Sarfaraz that media reports about him talking about changing the captain were not correct,” the source added.