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Mickey Arthur to be hired as ‘director’, not head coach

Shortly after it was said that Mickey Arthur would be Pakistan’s first “online” coach, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) said on Monday that Arthur would be the team’s “team director” instead of head coach.

Sources say that it has been decided that the Pakistan cricket team will no longer have a head coach. This is because the board wants to work with assistant coaches instead of head coaches.

The PCB will hire three assistant coaches for batting, bowling, and fielding along with the former South African cricketer.

Sources had previously told Geo News that Grant Bradburn, a former Test cricketer from New Zealand, is likely to return to the Pakistan cricket team.

From 2018 to 2020, Bradburn was the fielding coach for the Pakistan men’s team. He is likely to become an assistant coach for the Pakistan men’s team.

Arthur will be the team director and take care of everything. In 2017, he led Pakistan to its first-ever win in the ICC Champions Trophy.

The former Pakistan coach, on the other hand, won’t be able to help the national team during the English county season, because of the contract.

Arthur will be on the team for the 2023 ODI World Cup and the tour of Australia.

Earlier, it was said that Arthur had agreed to work as an online coach until the ICC World Cup, which will be held in India this year.

The Jang heard from reliable sources that Arthur will be on the ground for very few jobs. The former coach has promised PCB that he will go to India with the team for this year’s 50-overs mega event. In the meantime, he will keep his full-time job as a coach for the Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

On the other hand, the group in charge of cricket at the national level has decided to give Arthur a Chief of Staff.

Mansoor Rana is likely to be replaced as team manager by Rehanul Haq, who is the general manager of Islamabad United.

The former coach of Sri Lanka is likely to come to Lahore in the first week of April.