Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur defends comments directed at successor Mishbah-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram

Misbah Ul Haq is currently the head coach and chief selector of the Pakistan Cricket Team
Former Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur defends comments directed at successor Mishbah-ul-Haq and Wasim Akram
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Former Pakistan cricket coach Mickey Arthur defended his comments that linked former skippers Wasim Akram and Misbah-ul-Haq which led to his ouster last month. His comments were the talking points in Pakistan cricket circles earlier this week.

After a below-par performance in the ICC World Cup 2019, Mickey Arthur's contract was not renewed and former Pakistan skipper Misbah-ul-Haq was entrusted with the dual responsibility of being the chief selector and head coach of the national side.

Mickey Arthur said, "I guess the only disappointment I have out of the whole lot is that there were some people I really trusted who ultimately didn't follow through."

"And it just happened to be that Misbah was on the committee that didn't renew our contracts and becomes this heir-apparent."

"Misbah will do a good job, Misbah is a good guy and Pakistan cricket made their decision. I was disappointed because I loved every second of that job."

These comments caused a stir in Pakistani media.

Reacting to this, Mickey Arthur said, "I was dignified in my comments because I love Pakistan, the players I worked with, spent time with for three years and respect Misbah and Wasim. I felt disappointed because I had some unfinished business to do with the Pakistan team and would have loved to continue. But now we have moved on and I wish Pakistan team the best of luck under Misbah."

Both Wasim and Misbah both defended their actions following the ICC World Cup.

"I have played for Pakistan and I serve Pakistan cricket in some capacity or the other, so when I was asked to join the committee to decide about the head coach I gave my honest opinion."

Misbah further added that Arthur was entitled to his opinion.

"I think what he has said is his opinion. Whatever he has thought he has said. I always say that everyone has his opinion. As a member of the cricket committee we gave our honest opinion. I had good relations with Mickey. Good relations are always there and will remain there."

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