Mickey Arthur will be appointed as ‘Director’ and not head coach. Not long after Mickey Arthur was announced to be Pakistan’s first “online” coach, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that it will appoint Arthur as “team director” instead of head coach, sources said on Monday. .
Sources revealed that it has been decided that the post of head coach of the Pakistan cricket team will be abolished as the board wants to work with assistant coaches and not head coaches.
The PCB will appoint three assistant coaches for batting, bowling and fielding along with the former South African cricketer.
Earlier, sources had told a private news channel that former New Zealand Test cricketer Grant Bradburn is likely to make a comeback in the Pakistan cricket team.
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Bradburn, who was the fielding coach of the Pakistan men’s team from 2018 to 2020, is most likely to become the assistant coach of the Pakistan men’s team.
Arthur, who led Pakistan to their maiden ICC Champions Trophy in 2017, will be the team director and look after all matters.
However, as per the expected contract, the former Pakistan coach will not be available for the national side during the English county season.
Arthur will be with the team for the ODI World Cup 2023 and Australia tour.
Earlier, it was reported that Arthur had agreed to take up the online coaching role till this year’s ICC World Cup, which is scheduled in India.
Reliable sources tell The Jang that Arthur will be available on the ground for very few assignments. The former coach has promised the PCB to join the team in India for the 50-over mega event this year. In the meantime, he will continue to serve as full-time coach for Derbyshire County Cricket Club.
On the other hand, the national cricket governing body has decided to appoint a chief of staff for Arthur.
Islamabad United General Manager Rehanul Haque is likely to be appointed as the team manager in place of Mansoor Rana.
The former Sri Lankan coach is likely to visit Lahore in the first week of April.