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Arthur stands firm on comments regarding Misbah, Wasim

Mickey Arthur has defended his remarks connecting Misbah-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram with the termination of his contract as the Pakistan coach in the aftermath of the World Cup.

Arthur caused controversy earlier this week following a hot take elaborating on his axing in a candid chat during the ESPNcricinfo podcast 'Stump Mic'.

Arthur was subject to a grilling conducted by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Cricket Committee involving former skippers Wasim and Misbah to review the team's disappointing show in the 50-over showpiece event.

The committee decided upon an overhaul of the existing coaching staff with Arthur and bowling coach Azhar Mahmood not awarded extensions in their contracts.

The 51-year-old South African's exit paved the way for Misbah to be ultimately appointed Pakistan's new head coach and chief selector.

Arthur admitted to feelings of 'betrayal' in the scenario that formed since he had supported the induction of Misbah and Wasim in the committee tasked with making important decisions on Pakistan cricket.

"I guess the only disappointment I have out of the whole lot is that there were some people I really trusted who ultimately didn't follow through," Arthur had said in the interview.

"And it just happened to be that Misbah was on the committee that didn't renew our contracts and becomes this heir-apparent," he added.

Arthur spoke against holding any grudge against Misbah and merely lamented the fact he was unceremoniously dropped from the head coach position after having served Pakistan cricket for a long period.

He predicted Misbah would do well in the new role, lauding his professionalism and discipline.

'I was dignified in my comments because I love Pakistan'

Arthur's comments were widely reported in the media over the past few days and caused a stir in the cricket circles.

But Arthur said he maintained a neutral tone and was in his right to speak on what transpired following his three-year tenure with Pakistan.

"I was dignified in my comments because I love Pakistan, the players I worked with, spent time with for three years and respect Misbah and Wasim," he told AFP.

"I felt disappointed because I had some unfinished business to do with the Pakistan team and would have loved to continue. But now we have moved on and I wish Pakistan team the best of luck under Misbah."

Wasim also clarified his actions after Pakistan's early World Cup exit were in line with the gradual progress of the side in the long-run.

"I have played for Pakistan and I serve Pakistan cricket in some capacity or the other, so when I was asked to join the committee to decide about the head coach I gave my honest opinion," Wasim informed AFP.

Misbah emphasized Arthur was entitled to his opinion and confirmed cordial relations between the two.

"I think what he has said is his opinion. Whatever he has thought he has said. I always say that everyone has his opinion.

"As a member of the cricket committee we gave our honest opinion. I had good relations with Mickey," he added.

"Good relations are always there and will remain there."

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