Mickey Arthur appointed Pakistan's 'Director of Cricket'

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In a latest development, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced Mickey Arthur as the director of Pakistan Cricket.

Arthur, who has previously coached international teams like South Africa and Australia, was the head coach of the Pakistan men's cricket team between 2016-19.

During his stint, Pakistan rose to the No.1 ranking spot in both Tests and T20Is besides clinching the 2017 Champions Trophy in England, where they beat arch-rivals and defending champions, India by a comprehensive margin.

Arthur was sacked by the Misbah-Ul-Haq-led selection committee in September 2019 following Pakistan's inability to qualify for the semi-finals of the World Cup, which took place in England & Wales earlier that year.

Arthur is currently coaching English county Derbyshire, but he is "absolutely thrilled" to rejoin the Pakistani set-up. During an interaction with the media, he also said that since his previous stint came to an end, he has been tracking the performance of the players and the team regularly.

Here's what Mickey Arthur said:

"I am absolutely thrilled to be rejoining the Pakistan cricket team and look forward to working with the group. Since moving on, I have kept a track of the players and their collective performances," as quoted by Indian Express.

Mickey Arthur also said that Pakistan have a talented bunch of cricketers and they have the ability to become number 1 across formats. He added that he would try to create strategies and environment that would enhance Pakistan's performances further.

"This is a talented bunch with the potential to be number one across all formats and my endeavour is to put in place strategies and create an environment that can contribute in further enhancing their performances.”

Arthur"s major assignments include the Asia Cup and the 50-over World Cup, which will take place in India later this year.