Former Proteas coach Mickey Arthur has been appointed as head of cricket at Derbyshire.
Arthur will leave his current role as Sri Lanka coach after their two-Test series against the West Indies, which starts on Sunday.
“This is the start of an exciting project at Derbyshire, with many young players, and I’m really excited to be a part of that and to bring my vision to the club,” he said. “It’s a new challenge and one which I’m eager to get stuck into and lead this club to success.
“There’s a good squad at Derbyshire and I want us to play a positive style of cricket, we won’t fear any team and I’m looking forward to seeing what we can achieve for our supporters.”
Arthur has been Sri Lanka’s coach since February 2020, and also had stints with the Proteas, Australia and Pakistan.
Sad that it is the end of the road with SL after the WI test series!I have loved every minute of coaching this great country!To the players and people of SL a big thank you!
I know SL cricket is in a better place now than when I started!
— Mickey Arthur (@Mickeyarthurcr1) November 17, 2021
Derbyshire chairperson Ian Morgan said they were delighted to have secured Arthur’s services.
“Mickey is one of the most highly regarded coaches in world cricket and this is a key appointment for the club ahead of an important winter period.
“Throughout this recruitment process, Mickey has understood our heritage as a county, but also matched our ambition with a desire to make a positive impact at Derbyshire.
“We want to move forward from last season. We’ve got a talented group of players and with a new head of cricket bringing a fresh approach, it is an exciting time for our members and supporters.”