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Mickey Arthur appointed as Pakistan head coach

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Friday confirmed former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur as the head coach of Pakistan Cricket team, reported.

This is Arthur’s third assignment with an international side; he coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010, and Australia from 2011 to 2013.

“Following Waqar Younis’ resignation as Head Coach last month, the PCB embarked upon a transparent process of inviting applications from potential candidates for the position of Head Coach,” the release read.

A panel, involving former greats of the game — Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, and Faisal Mirza — finalised Arthur’s name.

A PCB press release said Arthur was expected to take over by the end of the month.

Arthur led South Africa to no. 1 in rankings across all formats & they also won 13 consecutive ODIs equaling Australia’s world record.

He will be Pakistan’s fifth foreign coach following Richard Pybus (twice in 1999 and 2002-03), Bob Woolmer (2004-07), Geoff Lawson (2007-08) and Dav Whatmore (2012-14).

Arthur also had a stint as Karachi franchise coach in the inaugural Pakistan Super League in the United Arab Emirates last year.

Pakistan’s head coach job is regarded as one of the toughest in world cricket, with high turnover and volatile players.

Waqar’s tenure was marred by his differences with Twenty20 captain Shahid Afridi and indisciplined players Ahmed Shehzad and Umar Akmal