Mickey Arthur ends two-year coaching stint with Sri Lanka

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  • Will oversee 2-Test  series against West Indies
  • Signs with English county Derbyshire

By Sa’adi Thawfeeq

Mickey Arthur


English county Derbyshire announced yesterday that it has appointed Mickey Arthur as the club’s head coach, thus ending Arthur’s two-year stint with the Sri Lanka national cricket team.

The county’s website said: “Having held head coaching roles with Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and Sri Lanka, the latter of which he leaves to join Derbyshire, Arthur is recognised as one of the leading coaches within the game, and replaces Dave Houghton, who departed at the end of the 2021 season. Arthur will link up with the Derbyshire squad at The Incora County Ground after Sri Lanka’s two-Test series against West Indies which begins on Sunday.”

Arthur’s contract with SLC was anyway due to expire at the end of the two Test series against West Indies.

Derbyshire Chairman Ian Morgan OBE said: “Mickey is one of the most highly-regarded coaches in world cricket and this is a key appointment for the Club ahead of an important winter period. Throughout this recruitment process, Mickey has understood our heritage as a county, but also matched our ambition with a desire to make a positive impact at Derbyshire. 

“We want to move forward from last season. We’ve got a talented group of players and with a new Head of Cricket bringing a fresh approach, it is an exciting time for our members and supporters.”

Arthur added: “This is the start of an exciting project at Derbyshire, with many young players, and I’m really excited to be a part of that and to bring my vision to the club. It’s a new challenge and one which I’m eager to get stuck into and lead this club to success. 

“There’s a good squad at Derbyshire and I want us to play a positive style of cricket, we won’t fear any team and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve for our supporters.”