Home' Trinidad and Tobago Guardian : June 10th 2016 Contents ISLAMABAD---Mickey Arthur hopes
he can at least see out his two-year
contract as coach of Pakistan.
Arthur resigned as South Africa coach
after five years in 2010, and was sacked
as Australia coach in 2013, three weeks
before the Ashes because of an uneasy
relationship with players.
"Sometimes things work and some-
times things don t; we ve got a good
record with Australia but there were
other issues that we needed to address,"
Arthur said in Lahore yesterday after
meeting with officials of the Pakistan
"There s two types of coaches---there s
a coach that s current and there s a coach
that s been fired, and if you haven t been
fired you ve never coached, so I had a
really good five years with South Africa,
(and) with Australia we had two very
good years and that ended in tears, but
that s what happens.
"I m confident that in this role that
we ll get things going in the right direc-
tion and it won t happen again."
Arthur, who arrived in Pakistan on
Wednesday, said he had always wanted
to coach a team from the subcontinent
and it will be challenge for him to
progress Pakistan, especially in the short
"If you haven t coached in the sub-
continent, you haven t really coached,"
Arthur said. "That was a massive attrac-
tion, coupled with the fact that we need
to improve the rankings in ODI cricket
... we need to improve the rankings in
Pakistan is at No 3 in the test rankings
primarily because of playing on the slow
pitches in the United Arab Emirates.
But in ODIs, Pakistan is at No 9, and
in T20s at No 7. Arthur believed Pakistan
can compete only by winning series
away from its UAE base.
His first assignment is the tour of
England next month, including four
tests, five ODIs, and a T20. Pakistan is
also due to play away series against New
Zealand and Australia this season.
"I ve watched Pakistan cricket and
coached against Pakistan cricket over a
long period of time," Arthur said.
"There s some really skilled players out
here, and it s going to be up to myself
and the coaching staff to give those
players as we always say in the profes-
sion, the roots to grow and the wings
"I don t care if they fail. I don t care
if they make mistakes. Professional peo-
ple are going to make mistakes. As long
as we re learning from those mistakes
and going forward as a team I m going
to be happy."
Arthur missed Pakistan s strenuous
two-week physical training camp at an
Army academy in Abbottabad, and also
skipped a one-week skill camp at Lahore
which ended last week. However, Arthur
said he was in constant touch with chief
selector Inzamam-ul-Haq, and bowling
coach Mushtaq Ahmed before the team
was finalised for the tour of England.
"I know that my opinions will always
be taken into account," Arthur said. "At
the end of the day, it s their (selectors)
job to select the best possible team, but
I know they will do in consultation with
myself and the captain, always."
Arthur called Mohammad Amir a
"fantastic professional" after the fast
bowler was granted a U.K. visa, making
him available for his first tests in six
years following jail and a suspension for
spot-fixing in 2010. (AP)
Leicestershire Foxes have
boosted their batting options
for the NatWest T20 Blast with
the signing of Cameron Del-
Delport, who was born in
South Africa but qualifies to
play for Leicestershire as a non-
overseas player, has made 2,045
T20 runs in 88 innings at an
average of 25.56.
The left-hander has a strike
rate of 135.70 and has scored
an undefeated hundred and 12
half-centuries in the T20 for-
Delport has also taken some
useful wickets with his medi-
um-paced seamers, taking 23
at 27.56 with an economy rate
The 27-year-old is well
known to Leicestershire s elite
performance director Andrew
McDonald following a spell at
Sydney Thunder in 2015 and he
also played alongside Umar
Akmal for Lahore Qalandars
earlier this year.
McDonald said: "Cameron
has experience in most of the
world s top T20 competitions
and his knowledge and skill will
be valuable assets for us.
"Cameron will give us anoth-
er useful option in our batting
roster and is also a good person
who will contribute greatly to
the changing room."
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Foxes bring in Delport
NEW DELHI---Six venues will make
their test debuts when India hosts
New Zealand, England, Australia, and
Bangladesh in the 2016-17 home
Rajkot, Visakhapatnam, Pune,
Dharamsala, Ranchi, and Indore will
stage tests for the time after the Board
of Control for Cricket in India made
the announcement yesterday.
India will be hosting 13 tests, eight
one-day internationals, and three
Twenty20s in a season which includes
a one-off test against Bangladesh.
That will mark the first time India
hosts Bangladesh since it was awarded
test status in 2000.
New Zealand will play three tests
and five ODIs, and England will play
five tests, three ODIs, and three T20s.
Australia will arrive in February-March
2017 for a four-test series which
includes matches at Dharamsala and
ISLAMABAD---Fast bowler Moham-
mad Amir has received a UK visa
and will travel with Pakistan to Eng-
land on June 18 for the four-test
The Pakistan Cricket Board says in
a statement yesterday that it has been
"officially informed that the U.K. gov-
ernment has approved the visa" for
There was some doubt because
Amir served half of his six-month jail
sentence in England when he was
banned for five years for spot-fixing
in 2010 at Lord s along with team-
mates Mohammad Asif and Salman
It will be at Lord s on July 14 when
Amir could play his first test in six
Amir gets UK visa for tour
Six venues to make Test debuts in India
Arthur hopes not to
get sacked by Pakistan
Newly appointed coach Mickey Arthur
for Pakistani cricket team, talks to
reporters in Lahore, Pakistan,
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