Micky Arthur is set to the head coach following removal of Waqar Younis  © Getty Images
Mickey Arthur has been the national coach of South Africa as well as Australia earlier © Getty Images

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) have appointed South African Mickey Arthur as the national side’s head coach. Arthur, who is currently coach of Karachi Kings, was the national coach of South Africa between 2005 and 2010, as well as heading the Australian national team for 19 months. Earlier, PCB had offered the role to Stuart Law, who was the consultant of the national side. He rejected the offer, expressing his inability to join the team immediately. Also in the running for the position were Dean Jones and Andy Moles, but ultimately, Arthur landed the job. The PCB were looking for a national head coach, following the resignation of Waqar Younis post T20 World Cup 2016. ALSO READ: Stuart Law shows interest to manage India after rejecting PCB offer?

Arthur “has confirmed his acceptance of the post of Head Coach of the Pakistan National Cricket team”, the PCB said in a statement. The Pakistan national side is going through a plethora of changes, following poor displays in Asia Cup and T20 World Cup. Skipper Shahid Afridi resigned from the post of captaincy, and soon Waqar also resigned from his duties as the head coach. Former skipper Inzamam-ul-Haq was appointed the chief selector of the side.

Pakistan are set to tour England for 4 Test’s, 5 ODI’s and a solitary T20I. The changes in the management meant Umar Akmal, Shahid Afridi and Ahmed Shehzad were excluded from the touring squad. Azhar Ali will be leading the side in the ODI format, with Sarfraz Ahmed leading them in T20 Internationals and Misbah ul Haq leading them in the 5-day format.