Sri Lanka Cricket appoint Mickey Arthur as head coach, revamp backroom staff

"We are very pleased to have Mickey and hope his experience in Asia will help build our team to a very high standard" says de Silva

Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has been appointed as the consultant head coach of the Sri Lankan team.

"What has happened in the past is in the past, and I know that if I perform the role to the best of my ability, we will have longevity here and we will have some success", Arthur told reporters when asked if he had confidence working for a cricket board that has rifled through many coaches in recent years.

Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Mohan de Silva said the country had been without a proper coach since the early World Cup exit.

It is the fourth national side the 51-year-old has taken charge of, following spells with Australia, South Africa and Pakistan.

The board did not talk about about the terms of their two-300 and sixty five days contracts, but doubtlessly the most contemporary appointments successfully end head coach Chandika Hathurusingha's controversial role with the crew.

Along with Arthur comes a new coaching unit that includes Grant Flower as the batting coach, David Saker as bowling coach and fielding coach Shane McDermott. Arthur is Sri Lanka's 11th coach in the last eight years and he would like to deliver the goods for the team.

The board would not issue what they opinion to make with Hathurusingha who has refused to step down despite being sidelined since August.

Hathurusingha has since been served a show cause letter by the board "in its continued attempt to make him quit", the Sunday Times recently reported.

Then sports actions minister Harin Fernando also complained about Hathurusingha's remuneration - $40,000 a month - pronouncing it became too excessive.

However, Pakistan won the Champions Trophy under Arthur and it also attained the number one position in T20Is.

'It had been three very good years with Pakistan and I needed a little bit of time away.

"The Sri Lankan job turned obtainable and I began discussions. I looked at the talent that is available and that is the main motivating factor - to help these young players fulfill their potential". "The next series is against Sri Lanka which is a momentous occasion for all of us, all players will be playing their first test match in Pakistan", he said.

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