Lahore, May 9 (IANS) Facing criticism from former players over the appointment of South African Mickey Arthur as the national team’s head coach, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Shaharyar Khan exuded confidence that the former Protean batsman would be successful in his mission.
Mickey, who earlier served as the Australia coach, succeeded former Pakistan pace legend Waqar Younis, as the head coach of the team on Friday.
Shaharyar reckoned that Mickey’s association with the Karachi Kings franchise in the inaugural Pakistan Super League (PSL), will help him in his new assignment.
“Look Mickey Arthur has already clarified to us about that statement he made some years ago. So it is a dead issue now. He was coach with the Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League, so he knows the players well. He should be successful in his assignment,” Shaharyar was quoted as saying by dailytimes.com.pk on Sunday.
Shaharyar also tried to shrug off the criticism from former Pakistan stars, who claimed that he had earlier levelled match-fixing allegations against Pakistani players.
The 47-year-old had successfully coached his native South Africa from 2005-2010 before migrating to Australia, where he served for 19 months as the head coach.