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Former Pakistan cricket player Shahid Afridi recently spoke out against the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) plan to appoint Mickey Arthur as an “online coach.” Afridi expressed confusion over the PCB’s decision, questioning why they always sought foreign coaches when there were plenty of local coaches who could lead the team effectively.
“Why do we always want foreign coaches? I can understand that PCB wants to avoid favouritism culture associated with the arrival of local people. But, I think there are a lot of names which can lead the team strongly,” Afridi stated.
Mickey Arthur Set to Coach Pakistan Online for World Cup
Despite Afridi’s comments, the PCB management committee is reportedly set to finalize a contract with Arthur within the next two weeks. The former South African coach, who served as Pakistan’s head coach from 2016-2019, will work as an online coach for the team until this year’s ICC World Cup in India. Although Arthur will only be available on the ground for a few assignments, he has promised to join the team in India for the 50-overs mega event.
PCB Hires First-of-its-kind Online Coach for World Cup
Arthur’s contract will be a first-of-its-kind arrangement, as the PCB management committee, led by Najam Sethi, wants to utilize his services based on his previous record with the national team. In addition to coaching the team online, Arthur will also suggest names for batting and bowling coaches. The PCB will also appoint an assistant coach to work with the team on the ground in Arthur’s absence.
Arthur to Balance Online Coaching with Full-time Role at Derbyshire
While serving as Pakistan’s online coach, Arthur will continue to work as the full-time coach for Derbyshire County Cricket Club. This unique arrangement will allow Arthur to balance his coaching responsibilities for both teams leading up to the World Cup.
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