Mickey Arthur Pakistan Men’s Team Director has shared his thoughts on the current state of affairs at the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), expressing his disappointment with the situation.
Arthur, along with head coach Grant Bradburn and the support staff, was relieved of his duties following Pakistan’s failure to reach the semi-finals of the 2023 ODI World Cup. In an interview with ESPNCricinfo, the 55-year-old recounted the events leading to his removal and described it as a shocking experience.
He revealed how he was summoned by then Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf and informed of the decision to dismiss the entire support staff and captain, leaving him surprised and taken aback by the sudden turn of events.
According to Mickey Arthur Pakistan Ex Team Director, the review meeting after the World Cup was merely a facade, and he had anticipated more transparency and honesty from the PCB. Despite the disappointing end to his tenure, Arthur remains passionate about Pakistan cricket but acknowledges a decline in his enthusiasm and commitment following the incident in Lahore.
He believes that Pakistan cricket is currently facing challenges and lacks the necessary support structures for its talented players to thrive. Reflecting on his time with the team, Arthur emphasized the importance of creating a secure and demanding environment where players are motivated to perform for the team rather than individual interests.
He expressed concern about the growing insecurity within the team, leading players to prioritize personal agendas over collective success. Overall, Arthur’s sentiments highlight the need for significant improvements within Pakistan cricket to ensure the continued growth and success of the sport in the country.