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Is decision to appoint Mickey as online coach fair enough? Tells Ramiz Raja

Ramiz likely to be sacked due to England series defeat

The former Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board, Ramiz Raja, has expressed his concern over the recent appointment of Mickey Arthur as the national men’s team’s director. Arthur will continue to work full-time with the English county side Derbyshire and will not be present with the Pakistan team on every tour.

Raja stated that the decision was “massively mishandled” and “ego-driven.” He believes that the current board’s decision to appoint Arthur belittles local coaches and stars. He further added that this move will “massively backfire” and prove to be a “futile exercise.”

Raja also expressed his hope that the team’s skipper, Babar Azam, was consulted before such a crucial decision was made. He acknowledged that Azam is easy-going, but has very strong views on certain issues.

Arthur has previously served as the head coach of the Pakistan team for three years starting in 2016. However, following the team’s fifth-place finish at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019, the PCB decided not to renew his contract along with his support staff.

Raja himself was sacked as the Chairman of the PCB just days after the national team suffered a humiliating 3-0 home series whitewash at the hands of England. The change in leadership came after the ousting of former national captain Imran Khan as Prime Minister, and the appointment of Shehbaz Sharif.

Raja, a member of Khan’s 1992 World Cup-winning side, was appointed as the Chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board in September of last year. Despite his short tenure, he has voiced his concerns over the recent appointment of Arthur as the team’s director.

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