As the World Cup approaches, Mickey Arthur, the Team Director of the Pakistan cricket team, has joined the squad in India to enhance their preparations for the tournament.
This move comes just a few days before the World Cup is set to begin on October 5th.
Mickey Arthur, who took up the role of Team Director in April this year, has been only partially available to the team due to his contract with Derbyshire.
Mickey Arthur was absent during Pakistan’s series against Sri Lanka in July and also during the series against Afghanistan in August. In the recent Asia Cup, he was involved with the team for just one match.
— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) September 30, 2023
The Pakistan cricket board (PCB) confirmed Arthur’s presence with the team in Hyderabad, India, in a statement. The Pakistan team, led by captain Babar Azam, arrived in India on September 25th.
Their World Cup journey will kick off with a match against the Netherlands on October 6th, followed by games against Sri Lanka on October 10th and India on October 14th.
Mickey Arthur previously served as Pakistan’s head coach from 2016 to 2019, a period during which Pakistan achieved success by winning the Champions Trophy in 2017 and reaching the top spot in the T20I rankings.
However, the team faced challenges in Test cricket during his tenure, and their early exit from the 2019 World Cup led to his replacement as head coach by former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq.
After a loss to New Zealand in their first warm-up match, Pakistan is set to play their second and final World Cup warm-up match against Australia on Tuesday, October 3rd.