Amid preparations for the World Cup which are starting from 30th may, Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to part ways with their Chief Selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and Head Coach Mickey Arthur. The contracts for both of them will end in mid of July with the conclusion of ICC mega event and board has decided not to renew their contracts.
Inzamam-ul-haq, former captain and member of 1992 World Cup winning team is most likely to be replaced by Aamer Sohail, another former captain. Aamer Sohail is the strongest contender for the post of chief selector.
“Sohail’s name is top among the list of short-listed contenders. PCB’s managing director, Wasim Khan will make the decision on new appointments for the position of the chief selector and head coach,” the source stated.
Aamer, a former left-arm opening batsman, has served as chief selector for PCB from 2002 to 2004.
He said that it had been decided in principle to replace the head coach and chief selector and team’s performance in the upcoming World Cup will not have any impact on this decision.
“Changes will be made as to when Ehsan Mani took over as Chairman and then brought in Wasim Khan as MD there was nothing they could do about the key positions since there was little time left before the World Cup. But both are not very happy with some of the decisions taken by Inzamam and Arthur as chief selector and head coach,” the source was quoted as saying.
However, it has not been decided yet whether a local veteran will take up the reins or a foreigner will replace South African-born Mickey, the source stated.
“There is even a lobby in the board which has talked about making Inzamam the head coach after the World Cup,” the source said.
Inzamam has flown to England to watch the performance of the team closely. He will remain there till the high voltage clash between the arch-rivals, India and Pakistan at Old Trafford on 16 June. As per the source, he will have a say in finalising Pakistan’s playing eleven in the World Cup matches.
Mickey Arthur, who has been serving Pakistan Cricket Board as head coach since 2016, had asked before departing for the World Cup whether or not he will get extension in his contract with PCB. Arthur is eager to work with Pakistan Cricket team for yet another term.
“But Mickey was told a decision would be made later and he should focus on the World Cup.” the source said.
Along with the head coach, the support staff will also have to leave as the new head coach will bring in his own support staff, the source went on to say.
In 2017, Pakistan clinched the Champions Trophy with Mickey as their head coach but now they have lost 10 one day Internationals in a row. Pakistan lost the series against South Africa and then were white washed by Australia in their second home, UAE. They were also drubbed 4-0 by England recently in ODIs and lost the only T20I they played against the hosts. Pakistan is going to take on West Indies in their first match in World Cup on May 31st.