PCB appoints Mickey Arthur new head coach

Former South African cricketer and coach for Pakistan Super League (PSL’s) Karachi Kings, Mickey Arthur, has been been appointed as Pakistan cricket team’s head coach, confirmed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Friday.

The board has issued a confirmation on the appointment.

The post was left vacant after Waqar Younis resigned following Pakistan’s disastrous World Twenty20 in India, where they triumphed in only one of four matches before crashing out.

Pakistan’s search for a new national coach hit a fresh roadblock on Thursday as officials said their top pick, Australia’s Stuart Law, turned down the offer to coach the ailing national team.

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) formed a two-man committee — comprising ex-captains Wasim Akram and Ramiz Raja — to conduct the search for a new coach.

They shortlisted Law and his fellow countryman Dean Jones, England’s Andy Moles and South African Mickey Arthur.

Former England coach Peter Moores had also turned down an opportunity earlier to succeed Waqar Younis as the new Pakistan coach. Moores had said he declined a chance to return to international coaching after England sacked him for the second time last year.

Coaching Pakistan, traditionally a fractious bunch of talented individuals, is one of the toughest jobs in international cricket.

The job is complicated by the relatively low pay and Pakistan’s security issues, while attempts to build relationships with volatile national players are often hampered by its high turnover.

Pakistan has had four foreign coaches in the past: Richard Pybus (two tenures in 1999 and 2002-03), Bob Woolmer (2004-07), Geoff Lawson (2007-2008) and Dav Whatmore (2012-14).

The board’s budget for the head coach salary is reportedly $16,000 to $20,000 per month — much less than similar positions elsewhere.

Foreign coaches balk at touring a country where international cricket has been suspended since an extremist attack on the Sri Lankan team bus in Lahore in 2009.

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