Mickey Arthur’s period as Pakistan’s head coach will end next week with all the PCB deciding against renewing his contract. The board’s decision implies that nearly the entire training team – batting trainer Grant Flower, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, and fitness coach Grant Luden – will not have their contracts extended.
According to a statement released by the PCB on Wednesday, the board will be”promptly undertaking a strong recruitment process” to fill these jobs ahead of Pakistan’s next international commitment, a Test series against Sri Lanka in October.
Together with the contracts of Arthur, Flower, Azhar and Luden all scheduled to finish on August 15 anyhow, not one of the trainers was sacked per se. However, Arthur, clearly, had expressed an eagerness to last: in an exhaustive review performed by the PCB after the World Cup,” Arthur requested for a chance to present his report, which was widely regarded as a chance for him to protect his record and create a case for an extension.
The conclusions were arrived at after a five-hour PCB cricket committee meeting on Monday, in which Arthur was grilled about his performance with the group throughout the previous 3 years. He was eager to continue, and ESPNcricinfo knows he requested for two more years at work.
Ehsan Mani, the PCB chairman, said in a statement:”I am grateful to the PCB Cricket Committee for submitting their recommendations after a thorough and thorough review procedure. The committee comprised of those who possess tremendous acumen, experience and knowledge. The unanimous recommendation of this Committee was that it was time for new direction and a new strategy. I’m pleased to take their strong recommendations.
“On behalf of the PCB, I wish to truly thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men’s team.
This means five important people will be from this setup following Pakistan’s fifth-place finish at the World Cup, with main selector Inzamam-ul-Haq having previously decided against contract renewal after his stint ended in July. The sole survivor from the coaching staff is fielding coach Grant Bradburn, whose contract runs till September 2021.
Bradburn’s continuation underscores that the PCB’s stated position that no one has been eliminated, their contracts just have not been renewed. But with all the men leaving interested in staying on, it is actually a distinction without a difference.
Arthur immediately adopted a tough stance on the fitness and fielding standards of the players and earned Steve Rixon as softball trainer.
Under Arthur, Pakistan reached the top place from the T20I rankings and, after a 2-2 series draw in England in 2016 – his very first assignment as head coach – they climbed to the peak of the Test rankings. That did not last long, however, since Pakistan endured a disappointing run in the arrangement then, losing nine of the following 11 games they played, like a 2-0 loss at home to Sri Lanka. This was Pakistan’s first Test series loss in the UAE since it turned into their home away from your home. In general, Pakistan won 10 and lost 17 of this Test matches played beneath Arthur, by far the most disappointing part of his coaching record with the negative.
However there were also worries his strong, high-intensity procedures, and no-nonsense headmasterly kind of coaching was beginning to wear out his players. There was a high-profile falling out with Umar Akmal in 2017, after that the participant was sidelined for over a year, only to play with in a five-match ODI show where Pakistan rested half-a-dozen frontline players. Afterward in South Africa this past year, Arthur had a visit at several players after a second-innings collapse in Centurion, and had tough words for Babar Azam following a reduction against England in a five-match ODI series in May this year. Babar had scored a hundred in the match, but Arthur believed his strike speed was a contributing aspect to the conquer.
Flower’s departure, meanwhile, means Pakistan have let go of the longest-serving member of their coaching staff.
The highest point for the group, naturally, was winning the Champions Trophy in 2017, when everything came together closely. Arthur was the motivator as Pakistan turned a thumping early loss to India about with four wins on the trot. The top-order batting clicked in semi-final and final thrashings of both England and India, while the speed bowling in those 2 games was wonderful. The fielding still had not touched the heights it would from the 12 weeks to follow, but there were indications that a corner was being turned.
Now, they have chosen to try and turn another corner and they’ll have to take action with a completely new group of people for company and guidance.