After Pakistan’s shortcoming in the World Cup, Arthur is given another chance.
Since Mickey Arthur’s appointment as Pakistan head coach in May 2016, his relationships with the players have been a rollercoaster ride - ups and downs - especially with skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed. His most recent tournament was the recently concluded World Cup, where Pakistan finished fifth on the points table with five wins.
News has been circulating that Arthur will most likely keep the position as head coach at least until the 2020 T20 World Cup which will be held in Australia. There are also reports that meetings are being held by the PCB to deliberate on the appointment of a new head coach, new selection committee, and other coaching staff members. Pakistan’s triumph in the 2017 Champion’s Trophy and Pakistan reaching the top spot in T20Is under Arthur’s captaincy are points in his favour.
Besides this, there are also rumours that Sarfaraz future Test captain has been relieved. The PCB is also having meetings about the idea of ‘split captaincy’ with Azhar Ali being the skipper in the longer format. Azhar has previously led the Pakistan team in ODIs, but Sarfaraz was given the leadership role in 2017.
Azhar has experience as being captain in 31 ODIs from April 2015 to January 2017. The report also said that Babar Azam, one of Pakistan’s all-format batsman, may be appointed as vice-captain. Following their exit from the World Cup, many fans and former cricketers have had their opinions about Sarfaraz.
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