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Mickey Arthur Seeks Extension in Contract

LAHORE: Mickey Arthur is seeking an extension of two years in his contract as Pakistan head coach even if the team crashes out of the ICC World Cup 2019 at the group stage.

Given that Pakistan do not have a good history of backing coaches; an early exit from the tournament might make the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) sack Arthur.

However, former South Africa and Australia coach is still hopeful that the board would stick with him.

Arthur took charge of Pakistan in 2016 and has enjoyed a mixed journey. The highest point of his coaching stint came in 2017 when Pakistan defied all the odds to win their first-ever Champions Trophy.

But Pakistan cricket has also seen some disappointing moments during Arthur’s coaching stint.

They suffered whitewash in New Zealand in ODIs and lost Test series at home against Sri Lanka and New Zealand.

Mickey Arthur said that he would love to continue his journey with the Pakistan team as he pointed out the ‘really good work’ done during his stint.

“I’d love to continue with PCB, there’s no secret as I have said it a million times. I think there’s going to be a review (after the World Cup),” Arthur said.

“I think there’s been some really good work done over time. Yes, we had some disappointing times and it comes and goes with cricket. But I think if it does not happen it will disappointing, but we can look back at the three years knowing we’ve made a significant contribution to Pakistan cricket,” he added.