Sri Lanka head coach: Mickey Arthur to leave Sri Lanka coaching, appointed as Derbyshire Head of Cricket

Sri Lanka Head coach: Mickey Arthur to leave coaching role: Mickey Arthur will be parting ways with the Sri Lanka cricket team…

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Sri Lanka Head coach: Mickey Arthur to leave coaching role: Mickey Arthur will be parting ways with the Sri Lanka cricket team as Derbyshire on Wednesday appointed him as the club’s Head of Cricket.

Having held head coaching roles with Australia, South Africa, Pakistan, and Sri Lanka, Arthur is recognised as one of the leading coaches within the game and replaces Dave Houghton, who departed at the end of the 2021 season.

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Sri Lanka head coach: Mickey Arthur to leave Sri Lanka coaching, appointed as Derbyshire Head of Cricket

Arthur oversaw a successful period for South Africa as national coach between 2005 and 2010, a spell highlighted by series wins over Australia, India and Pakistan. He later coached Australia, before guiding Pakistan to their first ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.

In domestic cricket, Arthur twice led Eastern Cape to T20 finals in South Africa, while he enjoyed a spell with Western Australia prior to securing the Australia national job and has coached a number of franchise teams across Asia, including Karachi Kings in the Pakistan Super League.

Renowned for his leadership qualities and winning mentality, he was appointed as head coach of Sri Lanka in February 2020, leading the side through the ICC Twenty20 World Cup in 2021 and guiding a young squad to five wins, including a memorable 20-run victory over West Indies.

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As Arthur has decided to step down, there will be a change in order for Sri Lankan cricket. The Test series against West Indies will be his last assignment with Sri Lanka.

Arthur will link up with the Derbyshire squad at The Incora County Ground after Sri Lanka’s two-Test series against West Indies which begins on Sunday.

Arthur in an official release said: “This is the start of an exciting project at Derbyshire, with many young players, and I’m really excited to be a part of that and to bring my vision to the Club. It’s a new challenge and one which I’m eager to get stuck into and lead this Club to success.

“There’s a good squad at Derbyshire and I want us to play a positive style of cricket, we won’t fear any team and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve for our supporters.”

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