Derbyshire club appointed Sri Lanka’s head coach Mickey Arthur as the club’s Head of cricket on Wednesday. Arthur has held coaching roles with Australia, South Africa, Pakistan & Sri Lanka & has been recognized as one of the leading coaches in World Cricket. Mickey Arthur will replace Dave Houghton at Derbyshire who left after the 2021 season.
Mickey Arthur had a flourishing period as South Africa’s National Coach between 2005 & 2010 where he guided South Africa to stunning wins over Australia, India & Pakistan. He then went ahead to coach Australia, before guiding Pakistan to their first ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.
In domestic cricket, Arthur twice led Eastern Cape to the T20 finals in South Africa. He enjoyed a flourishing period as Australia’s head Coach & has coached a number of franchise teams across Asia, including Karachi Kings in the PSL.
Recognized for his excellent coaching skills & leadership qualities he was appointed as the Head Coach of Sri Lanka in February 2020. He has successfully led the Sri Lankan team through the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 & five series wins including a stunning 20 run win over West Indies.
Arthur will join the Derbyshire squad at the Incora County Ground after the conclusion of Sri Lanka’s two-match test series against the West Indies. The first test of the two-match test series will begin on November 21 at Galle while the second test will begin on November 29 after which Arthur will leave the Sri Lankan squad to join the Derbyshire club.
Mickey Arthur confirmed the news of joining Derbyshire through an Official release, “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,” Arthur said.
“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.”
“Mickey is one of the most highly-regarded coaches in world cricket and this is a key appointment for the Club ahead of an important winter period,” Derbyshire Chairman, Ian Morgan said.
“Throughout this recruitment process, Mickey has understood our heritage as a county, but also matched our ambition with a desire to make a positive impact at Derbyshire. We want to move forward from last season. We’ve got a talented group of players and with a new Head of Cricket bringing a fresh approach, it is an exciting time for our Members and supporters”, he added.
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