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When Mickey Arthur blamed Pakistan for fixing

LAHORE: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) appointed former South African Test player Mickey Arthur as new head coach of national team, Friday.

Where Mickey has some impressive record while coaching his national team South Africa, he has been found among controversies for the rest of his career.

During his coaching in PSL, rifts emerged in the team, and then Karachi Kings’ captain Shoaib Malik had to step down during the tournament. England’s Ravi Bopara led the side in rest of the matches.

Without going into the matter further, let us highlight the time when he was sacked as Australia coach less than three weeks before the 2013 Ashes series in England.

Ponting had held him responsible for the negative environment in the dressing-room.

 Australia won 10 of their 19 Tests under Arthur, but the team had an uneasy relationship with him, culminating in the infamous Homeworkgate episode on the tour of India in 2012-13.

This is not it, Mickey Arthur is the one who blamed Pakistan team for match fixing.

In his infamous interview, months after infamous Lords’ spot-fixing scandal, Arthur in his interview with a South African website in2010, blamed Pakistan for match fixing in final match of Pakistan-South Africa 2007 ODI series.

The interview was highlighted in global media, causing more of fuss for already hurt Pakistan team. Taking action on the move, PCB had sent him legal notice. Responding to this unexpected move, Arthur soon altered his stance and stated his interview was quoted out of context and he ‘never said or meant that.’