Published: Tue, August 13, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

No deal extension for Arthur in Pakistan

No deal extension for Arthur in Pakistan

However, Pakistan missed the semifinals of the Cricket World Cup last month after being edged by New Zealand on superior net run-rate through the tournament.

It is understood, however, that the England and Wales Cricket Board is seeking a calmer figure than the headmasterly Arthur, with 44-year-old Chris Silverwood, who is already on the England coaching staff, considered a more likely contender.

Fast bowler Mohammad Amir was also demoted in the new contracts, announced a day after head coach Mickey Arthur was shown the door following a disappointing World Cup.

The decision came following recommendations made at the review meeting held by PCB cricket committee in Lahore on August 2. The committee comprised of individuals who possess tremendous acumen, experience and knowledge. The unanimous recommendation of the committee was that it was time for a new leadership and a fresh approach. "I am happy to accept their strong recommendations", Mani said.

But Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan Mani said Arthur and his coaching staff, including assistants Grant Flower and Azhar Mahmood, were all out. "We wish them every success in their future endeavors", he added.

Mani said that the PCB is committed to its fans and followers and will work for the expansion of Pakistan cricket in all formats.

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Arthur is among the names that have been mentioned as a possible successor to departing England coach Trevor Bayliss. Also, they won the Champions Trophy in England in June 2017. He was eager for an extension, the local media reported.

Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed, star batsman Babar Azam and Test spinner Yasir Shah have been included in Category A while senior cricketers Mohammed Hafeez and Shoaib Malik were excluded from the central contracts. "I would hate to see these young players go back to the old system".

"Pakistan will remain my first choice".

The PCB reduced the number of players who have been awarded central contracts to 14 from last year's 33, but has "increased the financial value" for each category.

The 19 players have been divided into three categories.

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