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Mickey Arthur set to become Sri Lanka head coach

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Mickey Arthur is set to take over as Sri Lanka's head coach. SLC has agreed a two-year contract with Arthur, the former South Africa, Australia and Pakistan coach, with a formal announcement to be made shortly. Joining his backroom staff will be Grant Flower as batting coach, David Saker as bowling coach, and Shane McDermott as fielding coach, in what is a complete overhaul of the team's coaching setup.

"They will all be joining on two-year contracts," SLC CEO Ashley De Silva confirmed.

ESPNcricinfo understands that Flower will only work with Sri Lanka's white-ball teams, and will not travel to Pakistan for the two-match Test series later this month.

Arthur is the 11th head coach of the Sri Lanka men's team in the last eight years, and his first challenge will be a return to Pakistan where he had been head coach from 2016 until the end of this year's ODI World Cup in July. It is understood interim head coach Rumesh Ratnayake will also be on tour to help with the transition.

Pakistan removed Arthur as head coach earlier this year, following a string of poor results, but the team also achieved some notable highs during his tenure, including winning the 2017 Champions Trophy and gaining the No. 1 ranking in Tests, briefly, and in T20Is.

Flower joins Arthur's backroom staff having vacated the head coach role at Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) side Rangpur Rangers. Flower has a good working relationship with Arthur, having worked with him as Pakistan's batting coach before he too was let go earlier this year.

Saker has worked as bowling coach for both England and Australia over the last ten years, before he took up the role of bowling coach with USA earlier this year - one he has now left.

McDermott was the first of the four new appointments to have come on board, with SLC securing his contract earlier this month on the recommendation of Cricket Australia. He had earlier served as the South Australia Cricket Association's high-performance coach.

Despite the new appointments, however, previous Sri Lanka head coach Chandika Hathurusingha remains under contract with SLC.


Link -https://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/28218645/mickey-arthur-set-become-sri-lanka-head-coach

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Interesting . Mickey is an extremely ambitious coach and tried to make every team a world beating one . But that won't work if said team cannot draw upon a very good talent pool. Which is why he worked for SA and was not as good for Pakistan whose cupboard is thin. If he can understand the limitations of Sal's talent pool and set realistic goals I think he will be successful. However, if he's going to try and make an 80's windies style pace attack for SL then it's going to flop big time. 

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really interesting scenario.  Poorkies kicked out Arthur  to conceal their own incompetence. They were whitewashed by  SL in their adopted home under

Mickey's supervision.  Now that poorkies has  successfully laid a trap for SL into playing in their own poorki home in their typical thanks giving style ,these poorkies will be be eagerly anticipating like hungry vultures   for thrashing SL. If SL under Mickey manages to  thrash the poorkies( which is not at all out of the equation), that would be a sweet revenge for Mickey, but then  he should be very concerned about his own safety too.  

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Even without Mickey, I'd put SL as slight favorites ahead of Pakistan in Test and ODI cricket.  With him, they are definitely favorites.  


SL beat Bangladesh in Bangladesh after hiring Agent Hathurasinghe as head coach.  They've already beat Pak in UAE 2-0 with Mickey on the other side.  


I just hope that Pakistanis leave a bit of grass on the pitch, it will be fun to watch SL's new ball bowlers make a mockery out of Pakistani "batting".


I think there are some seriously nervous times ahead for PCB, and Pakistani fans.  

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12 hours ago, sandeep said:


Siree Lanka ke haatho bhi maar hi khaani thi hummey.  Dekho kya nobat aa gayi hai Paakstan Cricket qi.

Shoaib Akthar: Rashid bhai yaar ye kya team hain. Jazba, Daleri aur Badmaashi se khelna chahiye, par PCB ko chahiye Sharif log, I'm sorry to say but Pakistan Cricket is going down the way of Squash and Hockey.

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