Mickey Arthur set to be appointed as the National Team Head Coach
ISLAMABAD - Srilanka Cricket (SLC) have decided to sign renowned South African coach Mickey Arthur as the Head Coach of the national team, ThePapare.com learns. 51-year old Arthur’s name has been approved by the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) Executive Committee after Englishmen Mark Ramprakash declined the offer to join the Lankan setup after having initially agreed to take over the role. Arthur has previously coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010, and Australia from 2011 to 2013 before his most recent three-year assignment with Pakistan ended in August. Under Arthur, Pakistan rose to number one in T20I rankings, winning 30 matches out of 37. However, Pakistan lost on 17 occasions in 28 Tests with Arthur at the helm. The highest point for Arthur in 50-over as Pakistan coach was the Champions Trophy victory in 2017. In September, Arthur was named as Coach of the Central Stags team in New Zealand’s Super Smash T20 competition later this year. Therefore, if he is to join Sri Lanka Cricket, Arthur will have to withdraw from that appointment. Last Wednesday, former Australian Dean Jones replaced Arthur as the head coach of the Karachi Kings franchise ahead of the next edition of Pakistan Super League.