PCB extends Mickey Arthur’s coaching contract

The head coach has now been contracted till the 2019 World Cup.

Mickey Arthur was appointed Pakistan’s head coach in May last year.   -  AP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has extended national team head coach Mickey Arthur’s contract till the 2019 World Cup.

According to Dawn, the PCB is satisfied with the performance of Arthur since he guided the Sarfraz Ahmed-led side to its maiden Champions Trophy title in England. A PCB official admitted Arthur could prove to be the best coaching option following the Champions Trophy victory.

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The South African coach, who was initially contracted in May 2016 to serve for up to two years, also reportedly wants the contracts of the rest of the support staff to be extended so the team could prepare well for the World Cup.

Batting coach Grant Flower has been associated with the team since 2014, while bowling coach Azhar Mahmood and fielding coach Steve Rixon were roped in soon after Arthur’s appointment.