Everything you need to know about Pakistans new coach Mickey Arthur.
John Michael "Mickey" Arthur (born 17 May 1968) is a South African cricketer who played South African domestic cricket from 1986 to 2001. He is the current coach of the Pakistan national cricket team. He coached the South African national team from 2005 to 2010, and was the coach of the Australia national cricket team until his sacking on 23 June 2013. (Wikipedia bio)
Known for: Aggressive, No-Nonsense Teacher like coaching style. He controversially dropped four major Australian players for not completing a homework activity – Shane Watson, Michael Johnson, Usman Khawaja, and James Pattinson. Coached Karachi Kings in the 1st edition of PSL.
The 47-year old Mickey Arthur played 110 first-class games in South Africa before coaching international teams like South Africa and Australia. He was the helm when South Africa registered their first series win in England in 2008 after 40 years, their first series win in Australia later in 2008-09, and also led them to a No 1 ranking in Tests and ODIs. During his stint as coach, South Africa won 13 consecutive ODIs, equalling Australia’s world record. He took over as Australia coach in November 2011, and they won 10 out of 19 games, before he was sacked in 2013.
Pakistan Match Fixing Accusations
Arthur was made to clarify his position after the PCB sent him a three-page legal notice in November 2009 for stating in his biography that he suspected the one-day international match between Pakistan and South Africa in Lahore in 2007 was fixed. Arthur was the coach of the South African team on that tour to Pakistan. He later denied saying that the ODI in 2007 was fixed and added his comments were taken out of context.
It all began during a disastrous tour of India where Australia were drubbed 0-4, leading to the infamous homework gate. Four players - Shane Watson, Michael Johnson, Usman Khawaja, and James Pattinson - were dropped for not completing a homework activity. Watson, who was the vice-captain on that tour, left the tour along with the three others, leading to major controversy. Later, in his tour report, which was leaked, Arthur was supposed to have revealed that Clarke told him Watson and his group were a cancer within the side. The report also mentioned that it was Watson who was the player who tipped off Arthur about David Warner’s nightclub fight with England player Joe Root.
Not long after that, Arthur was sacked as a coach, 13 days before the start of the Ashes. There was a great fallout from the fracas – former players voiced their displeasure with the way Arthur ran the team like a headmaster, Clarke was upset that Arthur talked about ‘cancer’ remark in his report, Arthur was angry that his report was leaked. Arthur even sued Cricket Australia, claiming 2.44 million pounds, and one of the several grounds for his complaint even alleged racial discrimination. The two parties, finally, settled out of court.
What did he do after Australia?
Arthur coached many T20 franchise sides across the world – Dhaka Dynamites in Bangladesh Premier League, Jamaica Tallawahs in the Caribbean Premier League, and Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League in 2016.
In his own words
“I felt that the team at that time needed direction, it needed structure and my style of coaching is one like that. I like structure, I like direction, I want everybody buying into exactly a common goal, I want everybody buying into the sort of environment that we want to create. So, look, I don’t make any apologies for that. Sometimes maybe I misread the temperature, but at the end of the day, that is my style and it’s been a successful style sort of most of the places I’ve been to,”
Mickey Arthurs Coaching Academy
Interestingly, Mickey Arthur has his own cricket academy in Perth.
The Academy offers high quality innovative and age appropriate coaching based on all the fundamentals of cricket. It has been designed to build on existing talent of the players and unearth new strengths with a specific cricket coaching program for individuals.
"I will keep it running while I am away and let a young coach operate it,"
A very daring move from the PCB. Inzamam-Ul-Haq’s appointment was a masterstroke but this is a very controversial appointment. Mohsin Khan seemed to be the best choice for the short term but the PCB’s move looks to be a statement of intent with an eye for the long term. They are looking to finally put a stop to player power within Pakistan. Inzi has said he will only select players like Shahid Afridi on performance and any ill-discipline will not be tolerated. Mickey Arthur has also said “I will not compromise on discipline”. This is what Pakistan cricket requires. But in reality will a foreign coach be able to achieve this? Only time will tell.
Having first hand experience of the Pakistan training camps; Waqar Younis ran very relaxed training sessions and camps. Dav Whatmore definitely had the players working harder. Lets hope Mickey Arthur can bring an Imran Khan level of hard work, team spirit and success. InshAllah.
Score – 8/10
Pros: - Brave hire from PCB
- coach has experience with Karachi Super Kings.
- Led South Africa to number 1 in Tests/Odis
- Pakistani Mentality might be too hard for Arthur.
- There were many better alternatives
- He’s not Wasim Akram :D