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Mickey Arthur recommends sacking of Sarfraz Ahmed as captain, seeks two-year extension as coach: Reports

New Delhi, News Nation Bureau | Updated : 05 August 2019, 11:39 AM
Mickey Arthur is reportedly seeking a two-year extension as Pakistan cricket team coach. (Image credit: Twitter)
Mickey Arthur is reportedly seeking a two-year extension as Pakistan cricket team coach. (Image credit: Twitter)
HIGHLIGHTS
    • Pakistan finished in the fifth position in ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.
    • Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.
    • Pakistan became the No.1 ranked side in T20Is.

The Pakistan Cricket Board's Cricket Committee has begun the process of reviewing the team's performance following the end of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. The Committee, headed by PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan, reviewed team's performances in the last three years, including the World Cup, where Pakistan could not qualify for the semifinals. According to a source, Arthur suggested to the members that Shahdab Khan should replace Sarfaraz as captain in the limited-over formats while Babar Azam should be given the reins of the Test side. The source added, "Arthur did have some negative things to say about Sarfaraz's captaincy skills to the members. I need two more years with the Pakistan team and then I can deliver remarkable results."

Arthur has been working as head coach with the Pakistan team since mid-2016. He has also applied for the position of head coach with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board. Under him, Pakistan's biggest gain was winning the ICC Champions Trophy two years back. The team became number one in ICC's T20 rankings but performance in Test cricket dipped drastically while it remained inconsistent in One-day format. The contracts of Arthur and other support staff member will expire on August 15.

Sources said Arthur, who made a presentation to the Committee on the team performances and selection decisions, is said to have left the members unimpressed with his arguments and explanations. "The members were not satisfied with his argument that after the 2017 Champions Trophy the fielding standards of the Pakistan team went down after the forced exit of fielding coach, Australian Steve Rixon. Arthur made a big deal out of Rixon's sudden departure in August 2018 as he had issues with the PCB management over delayed payments," according to reliable sources with the Pakistan Cricket Board.

After Arthur's presentation, the committee members discussed other options and one of the members suggested trying Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene but was informed that since he was working with the Mumbai Indians in the IPL, the PCB would find it difficult to lure him with a better pay package.

First Published: Monday, August 05, 2019 11:37 AM
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