Former Pakistan Head Coach Mickey Arthur on Wednesday expressed his disappointment over the way his tenure came to an end.
According to details, 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.”
There was also a degree of irony in events unfolding as they did, because Arthur said he had recommended Misbah and Akram’s names when the committee was first being put together by the PCB chairman Ehsan Mani.
Now, Head coach and chief selector Misbah-ul-Haq has respond on Arthurs allegations of betrayed by him and PCB Cricket Committee.
Misbah-ul-Haq on Thursday refused to be drawn on pointed questions regarding his predecessor Mickey Arthur’s allegation that the cricket committee — of which Misbah was a part — had betrayed him.
Misbah however, defended the conduct of the cricket committee. “Mickey Arthur has his own take but we, as the members of the cricket committee, gave our honest opinion,” he said at a press conference in Karachi.
“Wasim Akram and I shared our opinion,” he said regarding the decision to recommend to the board that an extension to Arthur should not be granted.
“I have had a good relationship with Mickey Arthur at a personal level, and we had some good time together. He and former chief selector Inzamamul Haq, too, did good work,” he added.
Arthur’s contract expired after the 2019 International Cricket Council (ICC) World Cup, won by hosts England, but he had asked for a two-year extension.
But Pakistan Cricket Board chief Ehsan Mani and PCB Cricket Committee decided against renewing contract of Arthur and his coaching staff, which included assistants Grant Flower and Azhar Mahmood.
Arthur joined Pakistan in May 2016, leading them to a drawn Test series with England that lifted them to the top of the rankings.
However, Pakistan wilted in Tests in the last two years, losing 2-0 to Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates in 2017.
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.