Mickey Arthur, during his second tenure with the Pakistan coaching staff, has faced challenges during World Cup 2023, raising questions about his appointment, given his prior association with Derbyshire in the County Championship. Although Arthur, along with head coach Grant Bradburn, initially showed promise, the team’s performance has declined significantly.
Failing to qualify for the 2023 Asia Cup final and facing potential elimination in the ongoing 2023 ODI World Cup, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is considering alternatives should the team’s downward trajectory persist. One avenue under consideration is recruiting a new director of cricket from the Pakistan Super League (PSL), where accomplished coaches could potentially bring fresh perspectives to the national team.
Potential replacements for Mickey Arthur after World Cup
Here are three PSL coaches who could be potential replacements for Mickey Arthur as Pakistan’s director of cricket after the 2023 World Cup:
Former Pakistani cricketer Azhar Mahmood has an extensive coaching background, having previously served as Pakistan’s bowling coach from 2016 to 2019. His familiarity with the cricketing landscape and experience in the PSL makes him a viable candidate for the role. He has previously worked with the Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans. Currently, Mahmood has held the position of head coach for the Islamabad United franchise since 2021.
Aaqib Javed, a former Pakistan fast bowler, currently holds the position of director of cricket operations for the Lahore Qalandars. His dual role, overseeing operations and serving as the head coach for the franchise, has contributed to the team’s success, clinching back-to-back titles in 2022 and 2023. Aaqib Javed’s rapport with key players like Shaheen Afridi could be an asset for the national side.
From an overseas perspective, former South African player Johan Botha emerges as a strong contender. Botha boasts significant experience in Pakistan cricket, having been associated with PSL franchises since 2017. His roles as fielding coach for Islamabad United and Karachi Kings, as well as head coach for the Multan Sultans, reflect his contributions to the league. Currently, Botha remains actively involved with the Karachi Kings.
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