Afridi disagrees with idea of appointing Arthur as 'online coach'

PCB is planning to occupy the services of Mickey Arthur online

By Web Desk
January 30, 2023
Shahid Afridi and Mickey Arthur representing Karachi Kings in PSL - Twitter/KarachiKings

Shahid Afridi, who recently served as interim chief selector of Pakistan men's team, disagreed with the idea of bringing Mickey Arthur as 'online coach'. 

Speaking to the media on Monday, Afridi shared that he heard the news regarding 'online coach' but he thinks the idea will not work. 

"Yes I have heard about it," Afridi responded. "I can't understand their [PCB] idea," he added. 

Afridi believes that there are a lot of local coaches who can lead the team strongly. "Why do we always want foreign coaches? I can understand that PCB wants to avoid favoritism culture associated with the arrival of local people. But, I think there are a lot of names who can lead the team strongly," he highlighted. 

Mickey Arthur likely to take up Pakistan's coaching 'online'

According to sources, PCB management committee will finalise the contract with Arthur within two weeks.

Arthur is expected to take up coaching role online till this year's ICC World Cup which is scheduled in India. Reliable sources told The Jang that Arthur will be available on the ground for very few assignments. The former coach has promised PCB to join the team in India for 50-overs mega event this year. Meanwhile, he will continue working for Derbyshire County Cricket Club as full-time coach.

Arthur's contract will be first-of-its-kind as PCB's management committee headed by Najam Sethi wants to occupy his services following his previous record with the national team.

South Africa-hailed coach, who served as Pakistan's head coach from 2016-2019, will also suggest the names for batting and bowling coach.

PCB will also appoint Arthur's assistant who will serve with the team on the ground in his absence. Arthur will be available to the players online.