Mickey Arthur (PC-Getty)
Mickey Arthur (PC-Getty)

Ramiz Raja, a former chairman of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), has criticized Mickey Arthur’s potential appointment as the manager of the national men’s team. The ex-Pakistan captain called the decision “ego-driven” and predicted that it would backfire.

Arthur, a former national coach, is reportedly in line to be named the team director for the men’s squad. According to earlier reports, he would be employed as an online coach.

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Mickey Arthur was an aim for the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which was led by Najam Sethi. This time, however, they approached him differently. This is Arthur’s second time working with Pakistan; he previously served as the team’s head coach from 2016 to 2018, with the Champions Trophy in 2017 serving as the pinnacle of his tenure there.

Misbah-ul-Haq was one of many former cricketers who spoke out about the matter and claimed that it was an insult to the Pakistani cricket system. Fans questioned the PCB’s choice to recruit the former coach, even though he preferred Derbyshire over Pakistan. Arthur will be the first of his sort when it comes to online coaching.

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Ramiz Raja was worried that appointing Mickey Arthur as an online coach would backfire:

The decision received an equal number of positive responses, though it did not sit well with the former board chairman. To make matters worse, Raja was worried that hiring Mickey Arthur as the online coach would backfire terribly, if not now, then in the near future.

The Pakistani team is in a rut after losing to England and New Zealand at home, and they are hoping to turn things around before the 50-over World Cup later this year.

“I think this has been massively mishandled because this concept won’t work. This is an ego-driven decision because they don’t want to accept what the previous board has done. You are allowed to formulate your own strategy, but that doesn’t mean that you belittle local coaches and stars,I think this is futile and will massively backfire,” Raja was quoted as saying on his YouTube channel.

Between 2016 and 2019, Mickey Arthur was the head coach of the Pakistan team. Following the team’s disappointing performance at the 2019 World Cup, his contract was not renewed.

Raja was appointed PCB chairman in September 2021 before being fired in the aftermath of Pakistan’s 0-3 Test defeat to England at home.

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