Reports: Mickey Arthur to replace Chandika Hathurusingha as Sri Lanka’s head coach
Mickey Arthur was removed by PCB following their 2019 World Cup exit.
Updated - Nov 28, 2019 12:39 pm
This year has been full of ups and downs for Mickey Arthur. He was removed by PCB from the post of Pakistan‘s team head coach. And now, he has been released from his contract with Central Stags, who were gearing up to defend their title in the Super Smash league starting on December 13. However, there are reports that he is in talks with Sri Lanka Cricket Board and could be appointed as their head coach.
Mickey Arthur has coached South Africa from 2005 to 2010, followed by his next destinations Australia 2010-13, and Pakistan 2016-19. He also helped Pakistan in winning their maiden Champions Trophy back in 2017. But, after the World Cup 2019 upset, he was removed from the post by Pakistan Cricket Board.
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The Super Smash League is going to kick off from December 13. In November, Central Stags had confirmed that Arthur will be coaching their team in the upcoming season. But his release came out of nowhere and surprised everyone.
After getting released from the contract with the Stags, now there are strong reports that he will soon replace Chandika Hathrusingha as the coach of Sri Lanka. “Mickey Arthur has been released from his contract with the Central Stags in New Zealand. According to reports, the former Pakistan Head Coach is expected to be appointed as Sri Lanka’s next Head Coach” as quoted by Pak Passion.
On Thursday, after confirming Arthur’s release from the Stags coaching contract, Pete de Wet, the Ceo of Central district, said he was disappointed with Mickey after he requested for a release. He felt that the 51-year-old would have brought a lot of experience to the table and it would have been great for their team. However, nothing can be done as if now.
“Mickey is a great cricket coach, and a top guy and I wish him well in his next assignment. We are obviously disappointed that Mickey requested a release from his contract as he would have brought his extensive experience and energy to our campaign – something that we were really looking forward to,” Central Districts CEO Pete de Wet said added.
Now, for the upcoming season, the Stags have added Luke Ronchi, the former New Zealand wicketkeeper in their coaching staff. He will now work as an assistant coach for the Twenty20 competition.