Sri Lanka cricket unveiled Mickey Arthur as the new consultant head coach of the men’s cricket team. Arthur would be replacing Rumesh Ratnayake who was serving in that role on an interim capacity. Ratnayake filled in for the home series against Sri Lanka and the limited-overs series in Pakistan after then-incumbent Chandika Hathurusinghe had to be let go with the country’s sports ministry that got dissatisfied by the team’s results through the first half of 2019.
This is the 51-year-old South African’s fourth high-profile role in international cricket. Having previously coached South Africa, Australia and most recently, Pakistan, Arthur has plenty of experience in his bag. His tenure with the Pakistan national side ended earlier this year when the team failed to qualify for the semi-finals of the ICC World Cup in England this summer. During his tenure, however, Pakistan clinched the 2017 Champions Trophy and ascended to the top of the Test and T20I rankings.
Mickey Arthur will be aided in this venture by Grant Flower who will take over as batting coach as well as the head coach of Sri Lanka ‘A’ side. The pair have worked together in similar roles with the Pakistan team until recently. Flower recently stepped down as head coach of BPL side Rangpur Riders.
“David Saker, the former coach of Australia and Melbourne Renegades, would serve as the team’s bowling coach and Shane McDermott as fielding coach” confirmed by SLC. Tim McCaskill takes the role as the Head of National Cricket Development while Jerome Jayaratne was appointed as the Chief Cricket Operations Officer.
The first assignment of the new coaching set-up will be Sri Lanka’s two-Test tour of Pakistan, beginning on December 11.
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