Published: Sun, November 17, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Sri Lanka agrees to play two-match Test series in Pakistan

Sri Lanka agrees to play two-match Test series in Pakistan

Mumbai: According to the highly placed sources in SLC, South Africa-born Mickey Arthur will be in Pakistan with the Sri Lankan team as a consultant and Rumesh Ratnayake will be the head coach.

No foreign team has toured Pakistan for a Test since then, though efforts to reintegrate the country into mainstream global cricket did result in ODI and T20 tours by Zimbabwe, the West Indies and, more recently, Sri Lanka itself.

During his tenure with South Africa from 2005 to 2010, Arthur helped Proteas achieve the top position in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings, saw them beat England in a series for the first time in four decades, and register their maiden series victory in Australia in 2008-09.

Sri Lanka was originally scheduled to play the test series last month and then return to Pakistan for a limited-overs series in December.

"He had won the 2017 Champions Trophy with Pakistan and had also taken Pakistan to the number one spot in T20s".

Arthur was Pakistan's coach until the end of the World Cup, and had expressed dismay at being let go from that role after the tournament this year.

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If Arthur comes aboard as Sri Lanka coach he will be the 11th coach of the men's team, including interim appointments, since 2011. Chandika Hathurusingha was suspended after the team had faced severe criticism for their mundane performance in the World Cup 2019.

Hathurusingha. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed that along with Arthur they have also roped in a fielding coach Australian Shane McDermott.

However, after the Pakistan tour, he will take over the head coach post. The PCB had, on Thursday, officially announced a two-match Test series between Sri Lanka and Pakistan to be held in the month of September.

"We are pleased to confirm our return visit to Pakistan since, based on our previous visit, we are comfortable and convinced that the conditions are adequate and conducive to the test cricket", he said.

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