Mickey Arthur has decided to step down as head coach of the Sri Lankan cricket team after the home Test series against the West Indies, and will move to English county side Derbyshire to guide the club.
Arthur will replace Zimbabwe strategist Dave Houghton, who has decided to leave the county team at the end of the 2021 season.
Arthur, who was appointed Sri Lanka’s coach in February 2020, described his new assignment as an “exciting project” and a “new challenge”.
“This is the start of an exciting project in Derbyshire with many young players, and I am really excited to be a part of it and bring my vision to the club. It is a new challenge and I am looking forward to getting into it and helping this club to success.” I look forward to taking you.
“Derbyshire have a good team and I want us to play a positive style of cricket, we will not be afraid of any team and I look forward to seeing what we can achieve for our supporters,” he said.
Derbyshire chairman Ian Morgan is delighted to have a coach like Arthur. “Mickey is one of the most respected coaches in world cricket and this is an important appointment for the club ahead of a critical winter period. Throughout this recruitment process, Mickey has understood our heritage as a county, but has also matched our ambition with our desire to make a positive impact in Derbyshire,” said Morgan.
“We want to move on from last season. We have a talented group of players and with a new chief Cricket Bringing a new perspective, it is an exciting time for our members and supporters.”
After taking on coaching roles with Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, Arthur oversaw a successful period for South Africa as national coach between 2005 and 2010, starting with series victories over Australia, India and Pakistan. Exposed.
He later coached Australia before guiding Pakistan to their first ICC Champions Trophy in 2017.