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Mickey Arthur Opens up on his Bitter Exit from PCB and the State of Pakistan Cricket

Mickey Arthur, the former director of the Pakistan men’s cricket team, has spoken out about his controversial exit from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and his disappointment with the current state of Pakistan cricket.

Arthur, who led Pakistan to the 2017 Champions Trophy title and the top spot in the T20I rankings, was sacked by the PCB along with his support staff, including head coach Grant Bradburn, after Pakistan failed to reach the semi-finals of the 2023 ODI World Cup in India.

In an interview with ESPNCricinfo, Arthur narrated how he and his staff were blindsided by the PCB’s decision, which was taken after a review meeting chaired by then Management Committee Chairman Zaka Ashraf.

Arthur said that he and his staff had planned the whole Australian tour after the World Cup and had arrived in Pakistan with optimism. However, they were met with silence and then summoned to a review meeting, where they presented their analysis and recommendations.

Arthur said that he was then called to a separate office by Ashraf, who told him that they were going to remove the whole support staff and captain. Arthur said that he was shocked by the decision and felt that the review meeting was a ‘charade’.

Arthur also revealed that he had negotiated a three-month termination settlement in his contract and refused to resign, as he felt that he and his staff deserved the compensation for their efforts. He said that the PCB then said that they would be reassigned to the National Cricket Academy, but that was impossible and impractical.

Arthur expressed his sadness and frustration with the way the PCB treated him and his staff, and also with the current state of Pakistan cricket. He said that Pakistan had a lot of talent and world-class players, but they were not given the support structure that they needed to flourish.

He said that during his tenure, he had created an environment where the players were pushed and backed 100%, and they played for the team instead of themselves. He said that when there was security and stability in the environment, Pakistan was very good, but when there was insecurity and uncertainty, players started playing for themselves and their next contract.

He said that Pakistan cricket was in a ‘dangerous place’ and a ‘very disappointing place’, and that he was worried about its future. He said that he still followed Pakistan cricket passionately, but his vigour and thirst had waned a little bit after what happened in Lahore.

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