Arthur recommends sacking Sarfaraz as captain
Pakistan’s current chief coach Mickey Arthur has recommended to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s Cricket Committee that Sarfaraz Ahmed should be sacked from captaincy for the welfare of Pakistan cricket. It should be noted that Mickey Arthur himself sought two additional years to deliver “remarkable results”.
The Committee has analysed team’s performances in the last 3 years. This includes the World Cup, where Pakistan could not qualify for the semifinals after being knocked out of the tournament due to poor net run rate.
According to the source, Arthur suggested to the members that Shadab Khan is the right man to lead the team from the front in the limited-over formats while Babar Azam should be given the responsibility to lead the Test side. If all goes well according to Arthur’s words, then Sarfaraz Ahmed will only feature for the team as wicketkeeper-batsman.
“Arthur did have some negative things to say about Sarfaraz’s captaincy skills to the members,” the source added.
“I need two more years with the Pakistan team and then I can deliver remarkable results,” Arthur is known to have told the Committee, headed by PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan.
It has been learnt that Wasim Khan will have one more important session with the members on Wednesday before finally forwarding recommendations on the recruitment of the new team management to the board Chairman Ehsan Mani.
Arthur has been plying his trade as head coach with the Pakistan team since mid-2016.
He has also applied for the role of head coach with the Sri Lankan Cricket Board (SLC)
Under his tenure, Pakistan achieved the biggest success as they won ICC Champions Trophy two years ago.
The team also became No.1 in ICC’s T20 rankings but performance in Test cricket dropped drastically while they lacked consistency in ODI cricket.
Mickey Arthur and other support staff member’s contract will come to a close on August 15.
“The members were not satisfied with his argument that after the 2017 Champions Trophy the fielding standards of the Pakistan team went down after the forced exit of fielding coach, Australian Steve Rixon.
“Arthur made a big deal out of Rixon’s sudden departure in August 2018 as he had issues with the PCB management over delayed payments,” according to reliable sources.