In recent news, Mickey Arthur’s second stint with the Pakistan coaching staff didn’t go as planned. Despite initial doubts about his appointment due to his association with Derbyshire in the County Championship, Arthur, a former South Africa and Australia coach, led Pakistan to the 2017 Champions Trophy in his first term.
His second stint began in April 2023, working alongside head coach Grant Bradburn.However, after a successful start against New Zealand, things took a downturn. Pakistan didn’t make it to the 2023 Asia Cup final and are struggling in the ongoing 2023 ODI World Cup in India.
If the team’s decline continues, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) might consider new options, possibly from the Pakistan Super League (PSL). Here are three potential candidates to replace Arthur after the World Cup:
1. Azhar Mahmood: A former Pakistani all-rounder, Mahmood previously served as Pakistan’s bowling coach from 2016 to 2019. He has coaching experience with PSL teams like Karachi Kings and Multan Sultans and is currently the head coach of Islamabad United since 2021.
2. Aaqib Javed: A former Pakistan pacer, Javed is currently the director of cricket operations for Lahore Qalandars in the PSL. He has been in this role since 2016 and also serves as the head coach of Lahore Qalandars, winning titles in 2022 and 2023. He has a good rapport with players like Shaheen Afridi. Also read Afghan Refugees Leaving Pakistan Before Deadline
3. Johan Botha: An overseas option, Botha, a former South African player, has been involved with PSL franchises since 2017. He was the fielding coach for Islamabad United and Karachi Kings and served as the head coach for Multan Sultans. Currently, he is associated with the Karachi Kings.
The PCB might consider these coaches as potential replacements for Mickey Arthur, especially if they seek a fresh direction for the team’s coaching staff after the World Cup.