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World Cup 2023: Pakistan’s Team Director Mickey Arthur Set to Join Squad on September 30 in India

Pakistan's Team Director, Mickey Arthur will be with the Pakistan side as he is set to join the team in India on September 30. (AFP Image)

Pakistan’s Team Director, Mickey Arthur will be with the Pakistan side as he is set to join the team in India on September 30. (AFP Image)

Pakistan’s Team Director and former head-coach, Mickey Arthur is set to join the team on September 30 as the side prepare themselves for the 2023 ICC ODI World Cup.

Mickey Arthur, who is appointed as Pakistan’s Director for the men’s senior team, is set to join the team in India by September 30, as per the statement from the Pakistan Cricket Board.

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Arthur was not physically present with the Pakistan side as he worked remotely with the team while he fulfilled his responsibilities with Derbyshire, where he had signed a four-year deal.

Due to his obligations, he was absent from Pakistan’s campaign in the Asia Cup 2023 jointly hosted by Pakistan and Sri Lanka.

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Mickey Arthur had previously been with the Pakistan Cricket team where he was the head coach for the side from 2016-2019. In his tenure, the side won the 2017 Champions Trophy and also led the T20I side to the number one rankings as well.

The Pakistan Cricket Board also confirmed that they would be travelling to Hyderabad on September, 27 early morning, just two days before their first warm-up fixture against New Zealand.

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Pakistan will be looking to put their disappointing campaign in the Asia Cup 2023 behind them. The side faced a shocking exit from the tournament when they were defeated by Sri Lanka with two wickets remaining.

To add to their woes, their starting pacer, Naseem Shah has also been ruled out for an extended period after their World Cup as well after picking up a shoulder injury.

The side has announced the team management as well that would travel to India with the team.

Pressure will be on the Pakistan side as the squad will travel to India for the first time since the 2016 ICC World T20 tournament in India. None of the members who were part of the 2016 T20 World Cup squad are part of the current squad.

Player support personnel: Rehan-ul-Haq (team manager), Mickey Arthur (Director – Pakistan men’s team), Grant Bradburn (head coach), Andrew Puttick (batting coach), Morne Morkel (bowling coach), Aftab Khan (fielding coach), Abdul Rehman (assistant coach), Dr Sohail Saleem (team doctor), Drikus Saaiman (strength and conditioning coach), Cliffe Deacon (physiotherapist), Ahsan Iftikhar Nagi (media and digital content manager), Usman Anwari (security manager), Maqbool Ahmad Babri (psychologist), Talha Ejaz (analyst) and Malang Ali (masseur).

Pakistan WC Squad: Babar Azam (captain), Shadab Khan (vice-captain), Abdullah Shafique, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Rauf, Hasan Ali, Iftikhar Ahmed, Imamul Haq, Mohammad Nawaz, Mohammad Rizwan, (wicketkeeper) Mohammad Wasim, Agha Salman, Saud Shakeel, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Usama Mir

Reserves: Mohammad Haris, Abrar Ahmed, Zaman Khan

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