Mickey Arthur is likely to be appointed Sri Lanka’s new head coach. According to reports in ESPNCricinfo, SLC CEO Ashley De Silva has confirmed that Sri Lanka are in talks with Arthur and he is likely take up the role before the upcoming tour of Pakistan.
"We are having discussions with Mickey," SLC CEO Ashley de Silva said. "We think we will be able to reach an agreement."
Sri Lanka’s current head coach Chandika Hatharusingha hasn’t been officially removed from his post, although he was suspended by the board in August.
It is also understood that Hatharusingha is still being paid and his contract is so strong that SLC will have to pay him a substantial severance package if removed before the contract expires.
Arthur’s three-year stint with Pakistan ended after the World Cup this year as the PCB decided not to extend his contract. During his tenure with Pakistan, they won Champions Trophy in 2017 and rose to No 1 in ICC T20I rankings. He has also coached South Africa and Australia in the past.
"He had won the 2017 Champions Trophy with Pakistan, and had also taken Pakistan to the No. 1 spot in T20s. He's a well-known coach and he's been around for a while,” Silva added.
If Arthur is appointed by SLC, he will be 11th appointment of the men’s team (including interim coaches) since 2011.