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Mickey Arthur could return as Pakistan head coach

It is learnt that Najam Sethi, who had brought Arthur on board in 2016, has been in touch with the coach, who is currently with Derbyshire

Umar Farooq
Umar Farooq
27-Dec-2022
Mickey Arthur achieved good results with Pakistan in his earlier stint, including taking them to the Champions Trophy 2017 title  •  Getty Images

Mickey Arthur achieved good results with Pakistan in his earlier stint, including taking them to the Champions Trophy 2017 title  •  Getty Images

The PCB is keen to bring Mickey Arthur back as head coach of the Pakistan men's team, three years after he was refused a contract extension. ESPNcricinfo has learnt that current head coach Saqlain Mushtaq doesn't want an extension when his contract ends next month, and the PCB also wants to move on from him.
The PCB's new management committee, which took charge last week, has decided to go back to Arthur, with the committee head Najam Sethi confirming that he has been in touch with Arthur. Arthur was Pakistan's coach between 2016 and 2019; they won the 2017 Champions Trophy and rose to No. 1 in ICC T20I team rankings during his tenure.
He was removed following Pakistan's fifth-place finish at the 2019 ODI World Cup, and Misbah-ul-Haq had been given the dual role of head coach and chief selector.
Change in the air as PCB goes back to pre-2019 plans
Sethi's 14-member committee, appointed by current prime minister Shahbaz Sharif, has disbanded all bodies set up after the 2019 rejig to the PCB's constitution, initiated by then prime minister Imran Khan and implemented by Ehsan Mani. That aside, Ramiz Raja has been removed as the PCB's chair, and Mohammad Wasim has been replaced as chief selector in an interim capacity by Shahid Afridi.
It is learnt that one of the key reasons for the PCB looking at Arthur is his familiarity with Pakistan cricket and many of the current top-level cricketers. And, of course, with Sethi. Arthur was signed-on in 2016 by Sethi during his previous term as the PCB chief. Arthur is currently employed as head coach at Derbyshire in the English county circuit, the contract lasting till the end of the 2025 season.
After his stint with Pakistan ended, Arthur was signed by Sri Lanka on a two-year deal, which was not extended. He moved to Derbyshire, where he has worked with Shan Masood, among others, at length.

Umar Farooq is ESPNcricinfo's Pakistan correspondent