PCB confirms resignation of seasoned coach trio including Mickey Arthur

The trio's departure follows a shift in the coaching structure after Pakistan's disappointing performance at the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2024 in India.

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The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed that foreign coaches Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick have resigned from their respective positions with the national team and the board. The trio's departure follows a shift in the coaching structure after Pakistan's disappointing performance at the recently concluded ICC Cricket World Cup 2024 in India.

Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick were part of Pakistan's coaching staff in World Cup 2023. Former South African pacer Morne Morkel was also part of Pakistan's squad, however, he resigned immediately after Pakistan's exit from the ICC's multination tournament. 

Pakistan's failure in WCC triggers reshuffle

Pakistan's failure at the ICC's top event triggered a reshuffle in the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) committee as well. Former cricketer Mohammad Hafeez took over as the director of cricket. He also traveled with Pakistan's squad as head coach where 'Men in Green' faced a series sweep against the hosts. Moreover, Wahab Riaz replaced Inzamam-ul-Haq as the chief selector of the team. Meanwhile, Babar Azam resigned from the captaincy from all formats. 

On the other hand, the PCB committee assigned the trio of Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick to coach the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore. After the reappointment, the trio went to their respective homes for vacations.

PCB fails to negociate

As per the media reports, PCB was bound to resign the trio. If not, PCB had to pay their six-month salaries, as per the contract. Several reports also claimed that PCB invited the former team management to negotiate. However, Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn, and Andrew Puttick were not convinced of the new role. 

"The decision was taken amicably between all stakeholders," the PCB stated in a release. This claim aligns with reports that Puttick has secured a batting coach position with Afghanistan, Bradburn received an offer from an English county side, and Arthur resumed his previous role as head coach of Derbyshire.

What next?

The departure of experienced coaches is a significant change for Pakistan cricket, which can create a negative impact on the team. Arthur coached the national team to the top of the ODI rankings during his earlier stint. However, the World Cup disappointment triggered a shift in priorities, leading to the restructuring of the coaching team and the subsequent resignations.

With the exits now formalised, the PCB faces the task of appointing new coaches to take charge of the national team. The search for suitable replacements for Arthur, Bradburn, and Puttick will undoubtedly be a critical step in Pakistan's quest to rebuild and achieve future cricketing success.