Mickey Arthur likely to become Sri Lanka's next head coach

Tanya Simon
November 17, 2019

Eight people were killed during the terror attack, and several Sri Lankan players were injured. However the board is closing in on Arthur in time of the upcoming Test tour of Pakistan. It will be a huge boost for Sri Lanka, who is going through a transition period if Arthur takes up the job.

Sri Lanka Cricket stated that they were also on the hunt for a fast bowling coach as well as a batting coach and they hope to finalise all appointments by the end of December.

Mickey Arthur was released from the coaching duties by the Pakistan Cricket Board after the team's poor performances.

Arthur is likely to arrive in Sri Lanka in this month to complete the contract procedure.

The first match in Rawalpindi will be played from December 11 to 15, while the southern city of Karachi will host the second from December 19 to 23.

However, after the Pakistan tour, he will take over the head coach post. The series is part of ICC's World Test Championship.

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Sri Lanka have been struggling to put desirable performances in worldwide cricket for quite some time now. However, Sri Lanka was clean swept by Australia in the T20I series.

Most of the teams have been reluctant to visit Pakistan following the deadly militant attack on the Sri Lankan cricket team bus in Lahore in 2009.

Sri Lanka Cricket chief executive Ashley de Silva said he believed cricket's member nations should host their home matches in their own countries.

"We believe all cricket playing countries should host global cricket at home and in this relation we are happy to play our part in complete resumption of worldwide cricket in Pakistan, which not only has a proud history but has been one of our biggest supporters in our early days as a cricket nation, " he said.

Pakistan will play its first global test match in its homeland in more than a decade when it receives the Sri Lankan cricket team for a series of two games next month.

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