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Mickey Arthur to not continue with Sri Lanka as head coach after West Indies Tests

He was appointed at the helm in December 2019.

Mickey Arthur (Source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka team is currently gearing up for the upcoming two-match Test series against West Indies at home. After being knocked out of the 20-20 World Cup in the Super 12 stage only, the team will be looking to get their WTC campaign off to a good start. However, they have been jolted with a huge blow ahead of the Test series.

Head coach Mickey Arthur has decided to leave the Sri Lankan team after the West Indies Tests. Earlier it was reported that he has resigned from the post, however, Arthur himself has cleared that lack of clarity about the future has forced him to take this step. He will join Derbyshire County CC as Director now.

“I just wanted to inform you that with regret and against my preferred option I have signed a 3-year contract as Director of Cricket with Derbyshire County Cricket Club to commence after my last assignment being the Test series against West Indies”, he has written an e-mail to Shammi Silva (SLC chief), Ashely de Silva (CEO) and Mohan de silva (secretary) according to dailymirror.lk.

Arthur also pointed out that he is satisfied with his work as head coach as the team has significantly improved from when he took over. However, he expressed disappointment with SLC who didn’t give any indication about his future.

“I know that Sri Lanka is a far better place than when I arrived and have helped groom some very good talent as well as developing a team and brand that can give SLC some sustainable success in the future.

“All I wanted was an indication from SLC that you were happy with the job that myself and my very loyal and good support staff were doing and I would have stayed, having not received anything I felt with no option. I have fallen in love with Sri Lanka Cricket, the players, the people and your beautiful country,” Arthur further wrote in a letter.

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