Mickey Arthur named Central Stags T20 coach
New Zealand's domestic T20 champions have brought in a high-profile name to marshal their title defence
Mickey Arthur will coach Central Stags in New Zealand's Super Smash T20 competition later this year. Arthur, who left his role as Pakistan coach following the World Cup, will officially take charge of defending champions the Stags on December 1 ahead of the first match on December 13.
"I have always admired New Zealand cricket and to work in the system is going to be very exciting," Arthur said. "This is a great opportunity for me and I can't wait to help the Central Stags defend the title, but also, to contribute to an environment of excellence and enhance the skills of the cricketers."
Central Districts underwent a global search for a T20 head coach and chief executive Pete de Wet was delighted to get Arthur on board.
"This is a significant day for CD cricket and for the Central Stags," de Wet said. "Mickey is a world-class coach who most recently oversaw a Pakistan team now ranked No. 1 in the world in T20 cricket. With our talented group of players, we know that Mickey will positively impact our group.
"With an ICC T20 World Cup on the horizon, this is a well-timed investment that we hope will see more Stags representing New Zealand in Australia next year."
Arthur will arrive in New Zealand in late November and spend a few days with the Central Districts squad as they play the Ford Trophy one-day competition.