Mickey to join players on June 4

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ISLAMABAD, May 30 (APP): After a long wait, the Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur will finally be joining the players in the first week of June.

Former South African cricketer and coach for Pakistan Super League’s (PSL) Karachi Kings, Mickey Arthur, was appointed as Pakistan cricket team’s head coach this month. The post was left vacant after Waqar Younis resigned following Pakistan’s disastrous World Twenty20 performance in India, where they triumphed in only one of four matches before crashing out.

The PCB wanted to fill the post before Pakistan’s all-important tour of England beginning in July, where they play four Tests, five ODIs and a Twenty20.

Talking to APP, a PCB official said Mickey will join the team on June 4 or 5. “Finally the wait is over and Mickey will be joining the players,” he said.

It may be mentioned that Pakistan had first finalized the name of Australia’s Stuart Law for the position of head coach but he turned down the offer after which Mickey’s name was finalized for the position.

PCB had planned a weeklong skill camp beginning May 30 for the national team at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium. The final team for the England series will be announced on June 6 and the selected players will be then given match practice plus skill development training during the week. After that the team will have two-week training at Hampshire from June 15.