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Under Mickey Arthur, Pakistan became the number one ranked T20I side. @ AFP

The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) on Wednesday announced that it will not renew the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur and his support staff following the dismal performance of the team at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

Pakistan were knocked out in the group stage in England where Sarfraz Ahmed‘s side finished fifth in the points table. “The PCB will be immediately undertaking a robust recruitment process after it decided not to renew the contracts of head coach Mickey Arthur, bowling coach Azhar Mahmood, batting coach Grant Flower and trainer Grant Luden,” a media release said.

The PCB Cricket Committee, which met on Friday, were unanimous in their recommendations for the change. The recommendations were forwarded and discussed with the PCB Chairman Ehsan Mani.

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The decision came following recommendations made at the review meeting held by PCB cricket committee in Lahore on August 2.

“I am thankful to the PCB Cricket Committee for submitting their recommendations following an exhaustive and detailed review process. The committee comprised of individuals who possess tremendous acumen, experience and knowledge. The unanimous recommendation of the Committee was that it was time for new leadership and a fresh approach. I am happy to accept their strong recommendations,” Mani was quoted as saying in the release.

“On behalf of the PCB, I want to sincerely thank Mickey Arthur, Grant Flower, Grant Luden and Azhar Mahmood for their hard work and unwavering commitment during their tenures with the national men’s team. We wish them every success in their future endeavours.

“The PCB remains committed to its fans and followers and we will do our utmost to ensure that we make decisions that continue to move Pakistan cricket forward in all formats.”

Arthur was appointed as head coach of Pakistan in May 2016. Under him, Pakistan became the number one ranked T20I side. He coached Pakistan to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy title on June 18.

The PCB will now invite applications for the four available positions.