Mickey Arthur will quit his role as a head coach of the Sri Lankan team after WI series


Mickey Arthur will leave his coaching role with the Sri Lanka team after the home test series against the West Indies in November and right after becoming Derbyshire’s Head of cricket.

Mickey Arthur will be stepping down from his role as a head coach of Sri Lanka after the Upcoming test series against West Indies this month. He will join the Derbyshire’s after the two-test series. 

The 53-year old has been Sri Lanka’s head coach since February 2020. He was part of their preparations for the T20 World Cup 2021 while the team didn’t qualify for the semi-final. 

He has a lot of experience in international cricket as a coach, having also coached his native South Africa as well as Australia and Pakistan. He was the Head Coach of the Pakistan team when they won the ICC champions trophy in 2017. He will now replace Dave Houghton at Derbyshire, who left after the 2021 season.

“This is the start of an exciting project at Derbyshire, with many young players, and I’m excited to be a part of that and to bring my vision to the Club,”

Arthur said.

“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.”

The test series will be played between West Indies and Sri Lanka on November 21. The second and last test game will begin on November 29 and this will the last assignment of Mickey Arthur with the Sri Lanka team as a coaching staff.

“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,”

Derbyshire Chairman, Ian Morgan said.

“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.”