Pakistan news May 6, 2016

Mickey Arthur appointed Pakistan's head coach

ESPNcricinfo staff

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The PCB has appointed Mickey Arthur as Pakistan's head coach. He fills the role vacated by Waqar Younis' resignation in April, following Pakistan's early exit from the World T20. This is Arthur's third assignment with an international side; he coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010, and Australia from 2011 to 2013. A PCB release said Arthur was expected to take over by the end of the month.

Arthur, who played 110 first-class matches in a South African domestic career lasting a decade and a half, has had a chequered past as an international coach. He tasted plenty of success with South Africa, helping them to their first series win in England in over 40 years, in 2008, and their maiden series victory in Australia in 2008-09, and leading them to the No. 1 ranking in Tests before resigning following a breakdown in his relationship with their captain Graeme Smith.

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. He was sacked from the role less than three weeks before the 2013 Ashes series in England.

Since then, Arthur has coached a number of franchise sides including Jamaica Tallawahs, Dhaka Dynamites and most recently Karachi Kings during the inaugural Pakistan Super League in 2016.

Following Waqar's resignation, the PCB appointed a panel comprising Wasim Akram, Ramiz Raja, and Faisal Mirza to help them in their search for a new head coach. The PCB release said the panel forwarded four recommendations to it.

"Following detailed consultations on this matter at the last Board of Governors' meeting and further telephone consultations by the PCB Chairman with BOG members, discussions with Mickey Arthur were initiated and he has confirmed his acceptance of the post of Head Coach of the Pakistan National Cricket team."

The PCB has not revealed the other candidates on its shortlist. Peter Moores, the former England coach, had told ESPNcricinfo that he had declined an approach from the PCB.

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