SLC appointed former fast bowler Rumesh Ratnayake as interim coach in August after a fallout with head coach Chandika Hathurusingha, who was criticised for Sri Lanka’s exit at the group stage of the 50-over World Cup in England.
“We are very happy and pleased that we have been able to obtain the services of Mickey,” SLC secretary Mohan Silva told reporters. “He’s a well-known personality who has been the head coach of a number of countries.”
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SLC President Shammi Silva said Hathurusingha was no longer on the payroll of the board but did not provide further details.
Arthur was recently released from his short-term Twenty20 contract with New Zealand side Central Districts.
He took charge of a mercurial Pakistan side in 2016 and led them to the 2017 Champions Trophy victory in the 50-over format and the No.1 ranking in the world in both Tests and Twenty20 internationals.
Pakistan, however, decided not to renew Arthur’s contract following the team’s failure to reach the semi-finals of this year’s 50-over World Cup in England.
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Sri Lanka was going through harrowing times. The decades-long civil war had reared its ugly head again, while the cricket team itself could barely afford a team meal or their laundry bill on their previous overseas tour of Australia, which took place months before the 1996 World Cup. However, on the night of March 17, […]