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Mickey Arthur is “almost there” to be hired by PCB

Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee Najam Sethi said that talks with South African veteran Mickey Arthur about taking over as team leader are almost done and that an announcement will be made in the next two weeks.

In Karachi, at a ceremony for a partnership deal between PCB and Arthur, the de-facto chairman told reporters that 80% of the talks with Arthur have been settled.

“We’re almost done, I’d say it’s 80% done. We’ve talked about the people on his team and other parts of his contracts. Sethi said, “I think in the next two weeks, everything will be clear as day.”

Arthur was the former head coach of the Pakistan team. PCB asked him to take over as head coach again, but he couldn’t because of other commitments. Instead, PCB offered him the job of team director.

The chairman of PCB’s management committee wouldn’t say anything about the future of the Asia Cup. He said he couldn’t say anything because the process is still going on.

“Nothing was decided at the last ACC meeting. We will meet again in March on the side of ICC meetings and see what happens then,” said PCB, who is in charge of the committee.

Sethi said again that the Pakistan Super League will be held in more cities the following year. He also said that PCB will spend money to improve the Bugti Stadium in Quetta.

“Peshawar and Quetta are where I’d like to see PSL games. “Next year, we’ll see how things are going, and if everything goes well and the infrastructure is ready, we’ll also have matches in these two cities,” Sethi said.

“Holding matches in four cities was a big challenge, but my team did a great job,” he said, referring to Usman Wahla and Naila Bhatti of the PCB.

Sethi also said that two more teams might join the Pakistan Super League in the future and that more money would be put into it to make it a bigger brand than it is now.