PAK vs NZ: Najam Sethi Affirms His Intention To Approach Mickey Arthur

Updated - 27 Dec 2022, 12:17 PM

Mickey Arthur
Mickey Arthur. (Credits: Twitter)

On Monday, Najam Sethi, chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Management Committee, stated that he had called former Pakistan South African coach Mickey Arthur, asking him to advise Pakistan on which coaches would be beneficial to the country. 

Mickey Arthur was the coach of Pakistan from 2016 until 2019. He led the Men in Green to the top spot in T20I, Test, and Champions Trophy cricket in 2017. Since leaving the squad, he has worked as the head coach of the Sri Lankan side and is presently involved with Derbyshire in the County Championship. 

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Mickey Arthur. (Credits: Twitter)
Mickey Arthur. (Credits: Twitter)

I Have Requested Mickey Arthur To Tell Us Which Coaches Will Be Good For Pakistan: Najam Sethi

A 14-member group, chaired by Najam Sethi, the temporary chairman, is working on a thorough revamp of the whole system. 

“Yes, I have consulted him and have requested him to tell us which coaches will be good for Pakistan and what will be their availability,” Sethi told reporters here at the National Stadium. 

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Mickey Arthur. (Credits: Twitter)
Mickey Arthur. (Credits: Twitter)

“He will give us an answer very soon because he is serving a contract with Derbyshire. I think I will give you concrete information in a week or ten days of time,” he said. 

“I had brought Arthur and he had a good stint as Pakistan coach as we won Champions Trophy under him. There was discipline in the team in his time and the players were seen really motivated under him. Babar Azam was also supported by him,” Sethi said. 

The Committee Will Revive Departmental And Regional Cricket: Najam Sethi

According to Sethi, the PCB Management Committee’s primary responsibility is to reinstate the PCB Constitution of 2014. 

“The committee has full authority to restore the 2014 Constitution and revive departmental and regional cricket structure. We want to do this job inside two months but there are so many problems and this may take time,” Sethi said.

“When the task will be completed the committee will be dissolved and then the premier will send his two nominees to proceed the things further,” he added.

Najam Sethi
Najam Sethi (PC-Twitter)

Considering Pakistan’s inclusion in next year’s 50-over World Cup in India, Sethi stated that the PCB will follow governmental orders. 

“We will obey whatever the government would suggest to us and we will seek the government’s advice when the time arrives, similar to the last time I was the chairman,” he said. 

We Have To Play Cricket And Beat India: Najam Sethi

In response to a query on Asian Cricket Council (ACC) president Jay Shah’s remark that the 2023 Asia Cup would be hosted at a neutral location because India cannot travel to Pakistan, Sethi stated that he must first consult with the ACC.

Najam Sethi
Najam Sethi. Pic Credits: Twitter.

“I will have to go to the ACC first and seek input of other member nations also so that we could also not remain isolated. We have to play cricket and beat India also,” he said. 

Najam Sethi stated that he resigned as PCB chairman when the government changed, and that it was a wise option because every prime has the authority to choose his own team.  

Although I had been told by some high-ups to stay,” he added. 

He stated that if the government prevents them from travelling to India for cricket, they would not go, adding that such choices are made at the government level. 

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