Arthur suggests Sarfraz Ahmed’s removal as skipper

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Pakistan cricket team’s head coach, Mickey Arthur has suggested removal of the current skipper Sarfraz Ahmed as captain of the side, while he himself seeks a two-year extension as the head coach.

According to sources, the South African did not have much of a praise for the Champions Trophy-winning captain and suggested the young Shadab Khan and Babar Azam as his replacements in limited-over and Test cricket respectively to lead the team.

“Arthur did have some negative things to say about Sarfaraz’s captaincy skills to the members,” the source said.

Arthur believes he can produce significant results if he is given an extension.

“I need two more years with the Pakistan team and then I can deliver remarkable results,” Arthur is cited telling the Committee, headed by PCB Managing Director Wasim Khan.

The MD PCB, Wasim Khan will have another discussion with the committee before proposing the final changes to the chairman, Ehsan Mani.

On the other hand, sources further revealed that the head coach has not been able to satisfy the cricket committee with his argument in the defense of team’s declining performance after the Champions Trophy triumph.

According to the sources, he made a huge deal of Paul Rixon’s sudden exit as the fielding coach on the grounds of delay in payments.

“The members were not satisfied with his argument that after the 2017 Champions Trophy the fielding standards of the Pakistan team went down after the forced exit of fielding coach, Australian Steve Rixon.

“Arthur made a big deal out of Rixon’s sudden departure in August 2018 as he had issues with the PCB management over delayed payments,” according to reliable sources.

Reports suggest that Mickey Arthur can take up a coaching role in England or Sri Lanka, whereas, Sri Lankan batting maestro Mahela Jayawerdene is one of the front-runners for the post of Pakistan team’s head coach.


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