Pakistan's potential future head coach Mickey backs youngsters

Mickey is likely to return to Pakistan's coaching staff soon

By Web Desk
March 27, 2023
Mickey Arthur as Pakistan team coach - PCB

Pakistan's former head coach, Mickey Arthur, who is a potential candidate to take up national team's coaching once again, backed youngsters after they lost T20I series against Afghanistan. 

Taking to Twitter after an awakening series loss, Mickey said youngsters have potential but they need company of senior players. 

"Saim, Abdullah and Haris have loads of talent but finding out that international cricket brings different pressures and responsibilities to franchise cricket. Groom them, give them time and allow them opportunities to bat with experienced players and they will come through!" he wrote. 

It must be noted here that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is still in talks with Mickey for national team's coaching. In his latest statement, PCB management committee chairman Najam Sethi shared that contract with Mickey will be finalised soon. 

"We are in talks with Mickey. Things are almost final with him," he had disclosed.

Due to his contract with Derbyshire, Mickey might not be available to the team for a full-time job. Reportedly, PCB is planning to introduce the role of 'team director' for the former coach. Under him, support staff will be hired to look after the matters.

Ex-coach will not be available to the national side during the English county season, according to the expected contract. He will be available on the ground for very few assignments. He will be with the team for the ODI World Cup 2023 and Australia tour. During rest of the tours, he will be available to the team online.

New Zealand's former Test cricketer Grant Bradburn is likely to become assistant coach. He will supervise team's matters in Mickey's on-ground absence. 

PCB is also likely to introduce a new post of 'Chief of Staff' for Mickey. Islamabad United's General Manager Rehanul Haq is expected to be appointed as the team manager.