PCB decides not to renew Arthur’s contract as Pakistan’s head coach

Mickey Arthur will not have his contract as Pakistan's head coach renewed cricket

Mickey Arthur will not have his contract as Pakistan’s head coach renewed

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Mickey Arthur’s hopes of continuing on as Pakistan’s head coach have been dashed as the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) announced that it won’t be renewing his contract.

Arthur’s contract came to an end after the World Cup, where Pakistan narrowly missed out on qualifying for the semi-finals.

After that, there was a lot of speculation surrounding Arthur’s future.

Arthur spoke to the PCB’s Cricket Committee earlier this month, and the committee subsequently gave its recommendation to the board’s chairman, Ehsan Mani.

In addition to Arthur, the contracts of batting coach Grant Flower, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood and fitness trainer Grant Luden won’t be renewed either when they expire on Thursday.

The PCB will now be “immediately undertaking a robust recruitment process” to fill the vacant positions ahead of Pakistan’s Test series against Sri Lanka in October.

“I am thankful to the PCB Cricket Committee for submitting their recommendations following an exhaustive and detailed review process,” Mani was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo. “The committee comprised of individuals who possess tremendous acumen, experience and knowledge. The unanimous recommendation of the Committee was that it was time for new leadership and a fresh approach. I am happy to accept their strong recommendations.

“On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men’s team. We wish them every success in their future endeavors.”

Fielding coach Grant Bradburn will continue to hold his position as his contract expires in September 2021.

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