Shahid Afridi Expresses Doubts Over PCB's Coaching Plans

Former interim chief selector of Pakistan's men's cricket team, Shahid Afridi, has expressed scepticism over the PCB's plans to bring Mickey Arthur on board as an "online coach." In a recent media interaction, Afridi stated that he was aware of the news but doesn't think it will be effective. He suggested that there are plenty of capable local coaches who can lead the team effectively, and questioned the need for foreign coaches.

However, the PCB is poised to finalize a contract with Arthur within the next two weeks. The South African coach, who previously served as head coach from 2016-2019, is expected to take on the role online until the 2023 World Cup in India. Although he'll only be physically present for a few assignments, he has committed to being present for the tournament in India. Meanwhile, he'll continue as the full-time coach for the Derbyshire County Cricket Club.

Arthur's unique contract will be the first of its kind and the management committee, led by Najam Sethi, hopes to make the most of his experience with the national team. He will also be suggesting names for batting and bowling coaches, while a local assistant will be appointed to work with the team on the ground. The players will have access to Arthur online.