The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is making strategic changes after a huge defeat of their team in the recently concluded World Cup 2019. On Wednesday, they have decided not to renew the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, and batting coach Grant Flower.
In the World Cup 2019, Pakistan failed to make it to the Semi-finals as they ended fifth in the points table, sharing equal points with New Zealand. New Zealanders who were through the semi-finals couldn’t make it to finals against England.
The PCB Cricket Committee had a meeting on Friday to make this rather critical decision. The members of the committee recommended to think over or rather change the coaching personnel. However, the committee came forward to have a proactive discussion with PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani.
“I am thankful to the PCB Cricket Committee for submitting their recommendations following an exhaustive and detailed review process. The committee comprised of individuals who possess tremendous acumen, experience, and knowledge. The unanimous recommendation of the Committee was that it was time for new leadership and a fresh approach. I’m happy to accept their recommendations,” – PCB chairman Ehsan Mani said.
“On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenure with the national men’s team. We wish them every success in their future endeavors. The PCB remains committed to its fans and followers and will do our utmost to ensure that we make decisions that continue to move Pakistan cricket forward in all formats,” – Mani added.
Arthur was appointed as head coach of Pakistan on May 2016, for the third time in a row. Under him, Pakistan has won the coveted ICC Champions Trophy title on June 18, with 180 runs victory against India in finals.
The PCB is all set to invite applications for the four available positions.