Pakistan to hire two head coaches, but one of them to be Arthur?

Pakistan Cricket Board planning to hire two head coaches, but Mickey Arthur could be retained as Pakistan's coach in limited overs cricket

Mickey Arthur could carry on coaching Pakistan, but only in limited overs cricket

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is planning to hire two head coaches and split the captaincy as well, according to a source in the board.

The PCB are supposedly interested in having a head coach for Tests and one for limited overs cricket.

As for the captaincy, it is likely to be split in the same way.

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The source said that the PCB’s Cricket Committee will discuss the feasibility of having two head coaches and splitting the captaincy during their meeting later this month.

“Since Pakistan has to play eight Tests of the World Test Championship against Sri Lanka, Australia, Bangladesh and England before the T20 World Cup in Australia next year, the PCB is pretty concerned about how to improve performance of the team in Tests,” the source told PTI as quoted by the Deccan Chronicle.

“Pakistan will be playing only three ODIs but nine to 10 T20s before the T20 Asia Cup and T20 World Cup next year, prompting PCB to consider separate captains and coaches for red and white-ball cricket.”

The source said that PCB managing director Wasim Khan met left-arm seamer Wasim Akram, who is part of the board’s Cricket Committee, in London earlier this month.

Akram is understood to have recommended that the PCB retain Mickey Arthur and Sarfraz Ahmed as limited overs coach and captain respectively until the 2020 World Twenty20.

There has been a lot of speculation about Arthur’s future after the World Cup, with many reports stating that he will be sacked.

“But the board is now considering the option of having separate captains and head coaches for Test and limited overs cricket with the support staff i.e manager, bowling coach, batting coach, trainer, fielding coach, physiotherapist remaining the same for all formats,” the source said.

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