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Mickey Arthur upbeat about prospect of rekindling relations with Pakistan

Former Pakistan cricket team coach Mickey Arthur has expressed his delight at being given another chance by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Mickey Arthur told ESPNcricinfo that, like Pakistan, Derbyshire is very important to him. “I’ve been telling Najam Sethi how important Derbyshire is to me,” he said.

“I’ve got a four-year contract here, and I’m only in year one of a project,” he said, adding that he knows it’s possible with his proposal and the schedule he’s put in place. “But the nitty-gritty, we’re just getting through right now.”

“I’ve had contact with the Pakistani players and have very good relationships with them; I’ve watched them grow up in front of my eyes. “The challenge is that they were young boys when I had them,” said the 54-year-old, adding that “they’ve grown into men with egos now!”

Arthur stated that while managing Pakistan’s team will be important, he has excellent relationships with all of the players. “I can’t wait to put everything together. I know I can, and it’ll be a very appealing package for both Derbyshire and Pakistan “He expressed himself.

Arthur, who previously served as Pakistan’s team coach from 2016 to 2019, has signed a contract as team director and will work remotely.

The former coach is currently working as the head coach at Derbyshire.

According to ESPNcricinfo, the former Pakistan coach will not be required to travel with Pakistan for any bilateral series, including the June and July tour of Sri Lanka.

The former cricketer, however, is expected to attend the Pakistan team’s preparation camp ahead of the ODI World Cup, which is set to take place in October.

Pakistan won its first Champions Trophy title under Arthur’s guidance in 2017. Pakistan has also won 11 consecutive T20I series.

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