Mickey Arthur rejects PCB’s offer to return as Pakistan men’s team head coach

Mickey Arthur has turned down the opportunity to take over as the men’s cricket team’s head coach once more. The new PCB management team, under the management of Najam Sethi, approached him about the high-profile position.

Between 2016 and 2019, Arthur was notably Pakistan’s head coach. The Men in Green were No. 1 in the ICC T20I rankings and won the 2017 Champions Trophy during his time as coach.

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“Owing to his long-term contract with Derbyshire, we have also discussed a proposal to act as a consultant to the PCB on a time-sharing basis with Derbyshire. Unfortunately, however, this option is proving difficult to materialise for various reasons on both sides,” the PCB was quoted as saying in a statement.

Mickey Arthur was a preferred choice for the Pakistan board to coach the team through the 2025 Champions Trophy.

“The Pakistan Cricket Board today confirmed it has been in talks with former national team head coach Mickey Arthur with a view to appointing him as the head coach to guide the side through to the ACC Asia Cup, ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023, ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 and the ICC Champions Trophy 2025,” the statement added.

“Under the circumstances, the PCB will continue its search for the right person to fit the slot of the national team head coach and some top names are already under consideration,” the statement further said.