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Director Mickey Arthur Joins Pakistan Cricket Team Ahead of ICC World Cup 2023 Opener in India

The director of the Pakistan cricket team, Mickey Arthur, is set to join the squad in India on Sunday, October 1. This comes as the Men in Green gear up to kick off their ICC World Cup 2023 journey on October 6 against the Netherlands.

Arthur’s Journey with Pakistan Cricket

Arthur, previously in England serving as the head coach of Derbyshire, a County Cricket side, left the country to travel to India. Arthur was appointed by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in April this year. In his role, Arthur will be involved in designing, formulating, and overseeing strategies for the Pakistan men’s team.

During 2016-2019, when Arthur was coaching, Pakistan reached the top spot in Tests and T20Is. Also, under his coaching, Pakistan won the ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.

Pakistan’s Performance in Warm-Up Matches

Pakistan played their first warm-up match against New Zealand, setting a massive target of 346 for the Kiwis. Despite the high score, Pakistan lost the match by five wickets. The bowling unit faced challenges with Naseem Shah side-lined due to injury and star players Shaheen Afridi and Shadab Khan resting.

The Men in Green have another opportunity to fine-tune their strategies. They will lock horns with Australia on October 3 in a warm-up encounter. The World Cup journey officially starts against the Netherlands on October 6 following this.

Pakistan’s Squad and Schedule for the World Cup

The Pakistan squad for the ICC World Cup 2023 includes Babar Azam, Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Imam-ul-Haq, Iftikhar Ahmed, Mohammad Rizwan, Shadab Khan, Mohammad Nawaz, Usama Mir, Haris Rauf, M Wasim Jnr, Hasan Ali, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Saud Shakeel, Salman Ali Agha.

Pakistan’s ICC World Cup 2023 schedule includes matches against the Netherlands, Sri Lanka, India, Australia, Afghanistan, South Africa, Bangladesh, New Zealand, and England.

 

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