Since Nazam Shetty took over as the head of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), the country has seen many changes. While several incumbents from the previous regime have been shown the door, the party also has a new selection panel led by Shahid Afridi. PCB also wanted to appoint renowned coach Mickey Arthur to guide the national team. However, according to reports, Arthur is not coming because of the unreliable environment in Pakistan cricket. Which he has experienced in the past.
Pakistani pacer Wasim Akram opened up about the refusal of foreign coaches to come to Pakistan.
“If you had asked me, I would have told you that foreign coaches will not come; everyone is afraid that if the board changes, the contract will also end. If you don’t get a foreign coach, take the services of a Pakistani coach,” Akram was quoted as saying by Cricket Pakistan.
According to news agency PTI, Arthur was apprehensive about coming to Pakistan. “The truth is that when the PCB chairman, Najam Shetty, started talks with him and asked him to rejoin as head coach. Arthur said that he did not have a pleasant experience with the board in the past when he wanted to work again in Pakistan cricket,” a source told PTI. told
“Arthur told Shetty that during the 2019 World Cup, the PCB management under. The leadership of Ehsan Mani had assured him that his contract would be extended. But his contract was not honored after Pakistan failed to make it to the semi-finals despite winning four matches. .
“Secondly Arthur also feared that even if he ended his long-term contract. With Derbyshire by mutual agreement and decided to come to Pakistan, there was no guarantee. That his contract would be honored in the Pakistan cricket environment.”
The source said Arthur told Shetty that he was willing to work as a consultant with the Pakistan Board and would visit the country frequently.
“But ultimately this consultation arrangement did not sit well with the PCB so the talks broke down and Mickey is no longer associated with Pakistan cricket.” Arthur was brought in as head coach in 2016 while Sethi was on board and served till 2019 when the management led by Ehsan Mani did not extend his contract.