Mickey Arthur, former Pakistan Coach, is now ready to continue his coaching journey as a head coach of Sri Lanka. The 51-year-old was axed by PCB after the men-in-green failed to make it into knockouts in the recently concluded World Cup. On Tuesday, he took the charge at Colombo.
Mickey Arthur has signed a two-year contract as a head coach with Grant Flower and David Sekar as his support staff. Grant Flower will coach the batting department while David Sekar will be the bowling coach. Shane McDermott will join the side as a fielding coach.
“They will all be joining on two-year contracts,” SLC CEO Ashley De Silva confirmed. Arthur will travel to Pakistan as Srilanka coach when the two teams will face each other in World Test Championship next month. While Flower, who is handed the responsibility in white-ball cricket, will not tour to Pakistan in upcoming series.
Mickey Arthur has performed decently throughout his coaching career. The South African born, Arthur initially inspired Proteas as a coach and helped them to become Number 1 side. Then he had a forgettable journey as a coach with Australia. Then after lifting Champions Trophy as a coach of Pakistan, Arthur has now finally joined the Lankans campaign.
The 51-year-old will be Sri Lanka’s 11th coach in the last eight years. Flower and Saker were the coaches of Rangpur Rangers in Bangladesh Premier League and the United States of America respectively. Saker has experience of coaching mighty England and Australia for over ten years. SLC secured the contract of McDermott earlier this month. McDermott has served South Australia Cricket association as a coach in past.
Flower and Arthur have worked together when they were the respective coaches of the Pakistani side. Interestingly, previous Sri Lanka head coach, Chandika Hathurusingha remains under contract with SLC