Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur. (Credits: Twitter)

Mickey Arthur has decided to step down as Sri Lanka‘s head coach at the conclusion of the upcoming home Test series against the West Indies.

According to a report in Dailymirror.lk, Mickey Arthur has sent his resignation on Tuesday. He has written an e-mail to Shammi Silva (SLC chief), Ashely de Silva (CEO) and Mohan de silva (secretary), stating that this decision is “against my preferred option”, but will stand on it.

In the e-mail which was also sent to Tom Moody, Sri Lanka’s director of cricket, Mickey Arthur revealed that he will be joining Derbyshire.

SL coach Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur. Photo Credit: (Twitter)

“I just wanted to inform you that with regret and against my preferred option I have signed a 3-year contract as Director of Cricket with Derbyshire County Cricket Club to commence after my last assignment being the Test series against West Indies,” Mickey Arthur wrote in the letter.

“I know that Sri Lanka is a far better place than when I arrived and have helped groom some very good talent as well as developing a team and brand that can give SLC some sustainable success in the future,” he added.

All I wanted was an indication from SLC that you were happy with my job: Mickey Arthur.

Mickey Arthur, who has previously coached South Africa, Australia and Pakistan, said that his decision to quit the coach’s role was forced by the lack of communication from the board.

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Sri Lanka (Image Credit: Twitter)

“All I wanted was an indication from SLC that you were happy with the job that myself and my very loyal and good support staff were doing and I would have stayed, having not received anything I felt with no option. I have fallen in love with Sri Lanka Cricket, the players, the people and your beautiful country.

“I am determined beyond no end to help the players beat the West Indies in the last series and would like nothing better to sign off with a Test series win,” the 53-year-old concluded.

Sri Lanka managed two wins in 5 matches of the Super 12 stage at the T20 World Cup after they had won three matches in the qualifying Round 1. They will host West Indies for a 2-match Test series, starting November 21 in Galle.

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