Mickey Arthur in the running for England coach’s job

March 26th, 2009 - 8:33 pm ICT by IANS  

London, March 26 (IANS) South African cricket coach Micky Arthur has emerged as England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) surprise preferred choice to take over the reins of the national team.
The England team is without a permanent coach since the sacking of Peter Moores in January with Andy Flower acting as a caretaker.

The 40-year-old Arthur could expect a significant pay rise if he were to swap the Proteas for England and recently impressed when interviewed for the position as Middlesex’s director of cricket, the Guardian reports.

His stewardship of the South African side has been widely admired and he has the added attraction, with the Ashes coming up this summer, of a recent series win over Australia.

The ECB, who hope to appoint the new man by the start of the summer, have employed a City-based team of headhunters to draw up a shortlist of possible candidates, a list that is thought to include Arthur, Flower, the Kent coach Graham Ford and New Zealand’s John Wright.

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