Pakistan had a poor outing in the recently concluded ICC World Cup 2019 bowing out of the competition from the semifinals. Despite a dismal run, coach Mickey Arthur is likely to get an extended run till the upcoming ICC World T20 in Australia.
Arthur to continue as Pakistan coach
Meanwhile, Pakistan have been the most unpredictable side in the World Cup. They suffered a humiliating defeat to West Indies in the tournament opener but bounced back to beat champions England only then to go down in the next few games. Pakistan picked up the momentum in the second half, but it was too late for them to make themselves a place in the top four. Soon after their exit, there were speculations that Mickey Arthur will lose his job as Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) seemed not interested to renew his tenure which ended after the World Cup.
PCB will meet on August 2 to review the World Cup performance and take a call on the future leaders with the ICC World T20 scheduled next year. However, a report in Dawn suggests that initial deliberations over the appointment of the head coach, other members of the coaching staff, new selection committee and the captain have already begun. It also added that Mickey Arthur is likely to retain his job considering his success in the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy and taking Pakistan to the top of the T20I rankings.
Moreover, PCB is mulling over split-captaincy with Azhar Ali taking over the role in the Test format. Incumbent skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed; however, will continue to hold his position in the limited-overs cricket. The apex body is likely to hand the vice-captaincy role to Babar Azam to groom him for the future.