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PCB Extends Contract of Coach Mickey Arthur and Support Staff

The Pakistan Cricket Board has extended national team's head coach Mickey Arthur and the rest of the support staff's contract until the 2019 World Cup, to be held in England.

PTI |October 5, 2017, 9:43 PM IST
PCB Extends Contract of Coach Mickey Arthur and Support Staff

Karachi: The Pakistan Cricket Board has extended national team's head coach Mickey Arthur and the rest of the support staff's contract until the 2019 World Cup, to be held in England.

"Contracts of the head coach and other support staff have been extended till the World Cup. The only change that can be made in the management is that of the manager," an official told PTI before leaving for Sri Lanka.

"The PCB will review whether to retain former Test batsman Talat Ali as manager or make a new appointment after the ongoing series against Sri Lanka," he said.

Arthur had joined the Pakistan team in May, 2016 before the England tour on a two-year contract, which was to be reviewed by the PCB.

The official said that after Pakistan's unexpected victory in the ICC Champions Trophy, the board had decided to extend the contracts.

"It makes no sense to make changes now as the next important assignment is the World Cup," he said. The PCB had also probed into the allegations made by Test

batsman Umar Akmal against Arthur and found that the head coach didn't abuse anyone.

Umar had alleged that Arthur abused him after an altercation at the National Cricket Academy in August, which led to the batsman being banned for three matches, a fine of one million rupees and a two-month suspension on issuance of NOCs for foreign leagues.

"Arthur told Umar that only contracted players were being trained at the NCA when Umar raised the issue of Salman Butt (having nets at the NCA). The head coach told him to focus on his own fitness and form. Arthur didn't say anything out of ordinary," the official said.

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