The much awaited arrival of Mickey Arthur, the newly appointed Head Coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team, has been confirmed for late Wednesday (today).
A Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) official has confirmed that Arthur communicated about his arrival plans late Wednesday. “the head coach has finally confirmed his arrival; he is expected to meet to PCB officials on Thursday (tomorrow).”
The PCB official said Arthur was now an Australian citizen. “He has acquired Australian passport has valid Pakistan visa,” he said.
To a question about Arthur’s interaction with the Pakistan players before their departure to England, the PCB official said they could well be invited for the purpose.
“The training camp has concluded now. Provided Arthur desires, the players could be asked to regroup a couple of days before their departure to England to meet the coach in presence of PCB officials.”
Meanwhile, Muhammad Amir’s visa issue still hangs in the balance. “We are pursuing the matter and hopefully by Friday we will be in apposition to say anything final on his visa. Besides the International Cricket Council, the Pakistan and England boards are also making effort to get the visa for the Amir as soon as possible,” the official said.
The PCB has also decided not to allow players to take their families along to England at the start of the tour to let them concentrate more on their training. “Since the second phase of the skill and acclimatization camp will be staged in Hampshire, the PCB has decided not to allow the players to take their families along.”
“The players might be permitted to call their families to England at any stage during the length tour,” the PCB official explained.