Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur may have parted ways with the team but he is still in contact with some of his former players and would often reach out to give advice and feedback, according to Daily Jang reported on Friday.
Arthur, who spent three years as Pakistan coach until his contract was not renewed in the summer, is currently without an international coaching job. He was replaced by Misbah-ul-Haq following Pakistan’s disappointing World Cup campaign, and has since retreated to Australia.
However despite Arthur’s acrimonious exit, he still has fond memories of his time with Pakistan, the highlight of which was the Greenshirts’ triumph in the 2017 Champions Trophy.
Despite Arthur’s rancorous exit, the former coach still looks out for his former players and would often contact them via messages to laud them if they deliver a particularly remarkable performance, and would even throw in a few tips along the way.
Mickey Arthur reportedly still sends messages of appreciation if some Pakistani player delivers extraordinary performance, and gives to a select few tips even, reported Jang.
The South Africa-born trainer was reportedly in tears when the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) had decided to not renew his contract. He had even talked about being betrayed by some in the PCB setup in what was deemed a veiled dig at his successor Misbah and Wasim Akram.
Few days ago, Former Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur also expressed his disappointment over the way his tenure came to an end.
Arthur said that he felt betrayed by members of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Cricket Committee, which included current head coach-cum-chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq and former pacer Wasim Akram.
“I guess the only disappointment I have out of the whole lot is that there were some people I really trusted who ultimately didn’t follow through,” Arthur told ESPNcricinfo’s Stump Mic podcast.
“I’m not talking about the hierarchyy, I’m talking about people on the cricket committee that I did trust who sort of said one thing and ultimately did another. So that was the disappointing aspect of it.”
According to reports, Arthur got separated from his better half last year, following which he was so disturbed that he even had a clash with players in the dressing room, although he had later apologised, saying that “I was upset due to my personal life and could not keep my emotions in check.”
The South African had reportedly pinned the blame of his personal problems on his association with the Pakistan team, adding that “I was unable to give time to my family in the past three years, which is why my wife left me.”
Under Mickey Arthur Pakistan soared to the top of ICC T20I rankings. In all, Pakistan won 10 out of 28 Tests under Arthur, losing 17 and drawing one. Pakistan also struggled in ODIs in the last two years. Under Arthur, Pakistan won 29 of 66 ODIs, losing 34 with three no-results.
Under Misbah, however, Pakistan were dealt a humiliating 3-0 loss in a T20I series by Sri Lanka.