The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to extend the contract of their national team’s head coach Mickey Arthur and other support staffs contract till the 2019 World Cup scheduled to take place in England.
A board official before leaving Sri Lanka told PTI that, “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.”
He also said that the board official will sit together after the ongoing Sri Lanka series and decide the issue regarding the manager’s pots. He said, “The PCB will review whether to retain former Test batsman Talat Ali as the manager or make a new appointment after the ongoing series against Sri Lanka.”
Mickey Arthur was named as the Pakistan coach in May 2016 before they were due to visit England on a two-year deal which was agreed to be reviewed by PCB. However, Pakistan’s heroics in the Champions Trophy earlier this year in England forced the board officials to change their mind and extend the contract of their head coach.
“It makes no sense to make changes now as the next important assignment is the World Cup,” he further added.
TH PCB also confirmed that head coach Arthur didn’t abuse anybody as alleged by the Umar Akmal. The official said, “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 will now eye the 2019 World Cup under their head Mickey Arthur after winning the Champions Trophy beating India earlier this year in England.