South African coach, Mickey Arthur is on his way to New Zealand to fulfil his newly landed position as coach to the Central Stags. The 51-year-old coach was out of contract since the Cricket World Cup when Pakistan didn’t renew his contract again. He wasn’t happy about the development since he did request that his contract gets extended for another two years.
During the World Cup, the team from Pakistan suffered a severe beating against India, their long-standing arch-rivals. The team managed to finish the tournament held in England with setting a record of five victories from nine games played. The Pakistani team managed to score 11 points and only based on a net run-rate, missed out on the semi-finals. Last month when the Pakistani Cricket Board announced that Arthur’s contract would not be extended, he expressed his disappointment and the hurt which he felt, in the media. Arthur felt that during his contract with the team, he always did the best he could to improve the organization and to uplift them as a whole.
Moving On To New Zealand
Arthur has been involved in coaching the South African team between 2005 and 2010. His contribution to the Proteas was vital in their achievement of being in the first position on the MRF Tyres ICC Test Team Rankings. It was also during this time which they managed to defeat England in a series once again after a drought which lasted for four decades. Arthur also had his hand at coaching the team of Australia in the past. Now he is looking forward to coaching the New Zealand team, currently the defending champions in the domestic T20, when he starts on the 1st of December. He stated that he always admired New Zealand cricket. Therefore he is looking forward to becoming part of their system. The challenge to assist the Central Stags to defend their current title is one which he is looking forward to.
The Central Districts chief executive. Pete de Wet stated that the appointment of Arthur to assist the Central Districts and especially the Central Stags to go from strength to strength is an exciting day in their cricket history. Arthur is acknowledged globally as a world-class coach. Under his guidance, the current world leaders of T20 cricket managed to obtain that leading position. It is believed that the Central Stags is already home to a group of exceedingly talented players, and now with his influence, they can only go from strength to strength. His appointment is considered to be an investment made at a brilliant time. The ICC T20 World Cup is a mere couple of months away, and with his expertise, the hope exists to see more of the players from Central Stags representing their country in Australia next year.