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HomeCricket NewsMickey Arthur to resign from Sri Lanka coaching role to join Derbyshire

Mickey Arthur to resign from Sri Lanka coaching role to join Derbyshire

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Mickey Arthur will step down as Sri Lanka’s head coach to become Derbyshire’s director of cricket. He will take over at the County Ground from Zimbabwean Dave Houghton, who will stand down at the conclusion of the 2021 season.

The 53-year-old will take over following Sri Lanka’s forthcoming home Test series against the West Indies. He has previously coached his native South Africa, Australia, and Pakistan.

“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,” 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.”

Arthur, who is most known for guiding South Africa from 2005 to 2010, went on to manage Australia before winning the Champions Trophy with Pakistan in 2017. Dave Houghton, who departed Derbyshire following the 2021 season, will now take his spot.

The first of two Tests in Galle will begin on November 21. The second Test, Arthur’s final match against Sri Lanka, is set to start on November 29, after which he will join Derbyshire.

“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.”

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