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Mickey Arthur has ‘real plan’ for Pakistan cricket team

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LAHORE: Mickey Arthur  has arrived in Pakistan to start his role of the head coach of the cricket team.

He was addressing a press conference at the Qadhafi Stadium after meeting officials of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).Arthur said that he had a meaningful round of talks with them and will full efforts to make the team work together.

The 48-year-old said that he had a ‘real plan’  for the team but there was no time frame. He said that we need to improve our ratings and be more consistent.

‘I’ve had fruitful discussions with all stakeholders,’ he said while promising to manage issues on a daily basis and make sure that they do not impact the performance of the team.

‘I don’t care if the team makes mistakes ─ professionals make mistakes,” he said, adding “I don’t want us to fear failure. I think any team that fears failure is a team that struggles.’

Arthur said that he was on the same page with chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq and he will ensure that the captain and the selection committee will also be with him.

Arthur said that cricket was immensely popular in Pakistan and there were a lot of talented cricketers.  He said that his stint as the Karachi Kings coach had help me tremendously in preparing for the role.

Arthur was appointed head coach after the resignation of former coach Waqar Younis due to the dismal performance in the World T20 and Asia Cup championships. The turbulent process saw more incumbent coach drop out and Arthur was eventually selected for the role.

The former first-class player is best for his role as the coach of  South African cricket team from 2005-2010 which showed unprecedented success for the team. He was appointed coach of Australia until he was sacked in 2013 due to their dismal performance in the Ashes tournament.

Arthur faced delays in coming to Pakistan as he was in the process of the getting his Australian citizenship. He was granted a visa to Pakistan last week and missed the boot camps held in Abottabad and Lahore.

He is expected to meet ODI captain Azhar Ali and Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq before the team departs for tour of England on 18 June.

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