Arthur shows interest in England’s coaching job

March 29th, 2009 - 8:07 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 29 (IANS) South Africa cricket coach Mickey Arthur has not ruled himself out of the running to become the next permanent England coach.
Arthur, who took over as coach of South Africa in May 2005, is believed to be one of the favourites to replace Peter Moores, who was sacked in January.

“Coaching England is a huge job and I find it very hard to believe that any ambitious coach would rule himself out completely,” Arthur was quoted as saying in the Guardian.

“It’s very flattering and I feel humbled to be associated with the job. But I must stress again I am under contract until 2011. I am absolutely committed to the South African team.”

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) shortlist is also thought to include current interim England coach Andy Flower, West Indies coach John Dyson, Kent’s Graham Ford, and former Indian mentor John Wright.

Arthur added that no contact had been made with him regarding the post, which has been temporarily occupied by Flower since Moores’s sacking.

“Nobody has approached me or spoken to me from the ECB or on their behalf,” Arthur said.

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