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Arthur, Bradburn, Puttick resign after change of portfolio in Nov

All three individuals to leave their respective jobs by January end
A combination of file photos show Grant Bradburn (L), Andrew Puttick (C), Mickey Arthur (R). Social media/PCB/ICC
A combination of file photos show Grant Bradburn (L), Andrew Puttick (C), Mickey Arthur (R). Social media/PCB/ICC

Mickey Arthur, Grant Bradburn and Andrew Puttick, who were assigned duties at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore after a change in their portfolios in November 2023, have resigned from their respective positions.

“All three individuals informed the Pakistan Cricket Board of their decision to leave their respective jobs by the end of January 2024,” the PCB said in a statement on Thursday.

In April 2023, Arthur was appointed director of the men’s cricket team while Bradburn was announced head coach of the national men’s side earlier last year. Former South Africa cricketer Puttick was Pakistan’s batting coach since April 2023.

Prior to his recent stint, Arthur was the head coach of the men’s team from 2016 to 2019 during which Pakistan won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy. In international cricket, Arthur has also served as the head coach of South Africa, Australia and Sri Lanka.

57-year-old Bradburn served as the fielding coach of the Men’s team from 2018 to 2020 before taking up the Head of High-Performance Coaching role at NCA till October 2021. Under his tenure as head coach, Pakistan achieved the no 1 spot in the ICC ODI team rankings for the first time in May 2023.

The development came after a major overhaul in the national cricket team, following Green Shirt’s disastrous performance at the World Cup. The team led by Babar Azam failed to make the semi-finals of the tournament as the team struggled to put up a fight against the top sides of the world.

Azam stepped down as the skipper in all formats of the game after the 50-over tournament and Shaheen Shah Afridi and Shan Masood replaced him as skippers in T20 and Test. Moreover, Mohammad Hafeez in November replaced Arthur to become team director.

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Arthur ready to face music after Pakistan World Cup flop

At a press conference in India, Arthur insisted he was ready to face the music after Pakistan’s World Cup campaign ended with a 93-run defeat against England in Kolkata on November 11, 2023. It was the second successive World Cup where they missed out on a semi-final spot by finishing in fifth place in the 10-nation table.

“Look, I’ll just go back to the Peak District in Derbyshire, I’ll be really happy and that’ll be okay,” said Arthur after overseeing a campaign which brought four wins and five losses, including a defeat to Afghanistan.

“We finished fifth, and fifth is where we deserve to finish with the cricket that we’ve played over the last six weeks,” said Arthur, “inconsistency, unfortunately, doesn’t breed success. But that is no excuse at all.”

While wishing all the best to the three foreign coaches, the PCB said: “The decision was taken amicably between all the stakeholders.”

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Mickey Arthur

World Cup 2023

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