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Mickey Arthur & Azhar Mahmood face questions over conflict of interest

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is closely monitoring the issue of conflict of interest surrounding national team and Pakistan Super League (PSL) coaches Mickey Arthur and Azhar Mahmood.

Dual roles held by national-team coaches Mickey Arthur and Azhar Mahmood have come under the spotlight, following recent cases of high-profile names having to give up roles in the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Arthur, Pakistan’s head coach, and Azhar, the bowling coach, are both also coaches with Karachi Kings in the PSL, which has raised questions about potential conflicts of interest.

Both Arthur and Mahmood are part of the coaching staff of Pakistan team — head coach and bowling coach respectively — while also carrying out the same duties for PSL franchise Karachi Kings.

Shahid Khan Afridi and Mickey Arthur. Photo: Karachi Kings

Speaking on this issue Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ehsan Mani has said that all such cases will be dealt with properly in order to ensure that it does not affect Pakistan cricket.

“That is certainly something I will look at. In terms of him [Arthur] and others involved with PSL franchises we will look case by case on merit basis and will raise [the issue] with them and consult with people concerned,” Mani told ESPNcricinfo. “I know commitments have already been made and contracts have already been signed so you can’t enter and break them overnight. But if there is a conflict of interest that effects Pakistan cricket, of course I will get into it.”

PCB has already removed Chief Selector Inzamamul Haq PSL player category committee due to the same issue after several franchises expressed their reservations that he had been a part of the Lahore Qalandars Talent Hunt Programme and hence he should be kept away from the process.

“[The PCB removed Inzamam from the PSL draft-selection process because] that created a conflict of interest. If he is there with the franchise then he can’t be choosing the players and that made logical sense,” Mani said.

It must be noted that Arthur had swept aside this notion by stating that playing a role in PSL gives him a chances to closely gauge the abilities of young talent within the country.

“I see absolutely no conflict at all and in fact see it as a massive benefit because it allows me to see all the best young talent available,” Arthur told ESPNcricinfo in 2016. “I certainly am professional enough not to in any way be biased in selections or opinions on any player because at the end of the day I am here to assist Pakistan cricket and make Pakistan cricket the best and I am not going to jeopardize that in any way.”

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