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Cricket news - Mickey Arthur unveiled as Sri Lanka's consultant head coach

The Sri Lanka job will be Arthur's fourth high-profile role in international cricket

The Sri Lanka job will be Arthur's fourth high-profile role in international cricket

Mickey Arthur has been unveiled as the new 'consultant' head coach of Sri Lanka's men's cricket team. The 51-year-old South African takes over from Rumesh Ratnayake, who served in the role in an interim capacity. Ratnayake filled in for the home series against Sri Lanka and the limited-overs series in Pakistan after then incumbent Chandika Hathurusinghe had to be let go with the country's sports ministry dissatisfied with the team's results through the first half of 2019.

The Sri Lanka job will be Arthur's fourth high-profile role in international cricket. He has previously coached South Africa, Australia and until recently, Pakistan. Arthur's tenure with Pakistan ended earlier this year after the team failed to qualify for the semifinals of the 2019 World Cup. During his tenure, however, Pakistan clinched the 2017 Champions Trophy and ascended to the top of the Test and T20I rankings.

Arthur will be joined in the Sri Lanka support staff by Grant Flower, who takes over as the team's batting coach as well as the head coach of the Sri Lanka 'A' side effective December 6. The pair have worked together in similar roles with the Pakistan team until recently. Flower recently stepped down as head coach of BPL side Rangpur Riders.

SLC also confirmed that David Saker, the former coach of Australia and Melbourne Renegades, would serve as the team's bowling coach and Shane McDermott as fielding coach. Tim McCaskill joins as the Head of National Cricket Development while Jerome Jayaratne was appointed as the Chief Cricket Operations Officer.

The new coaching set-up's first assignment will be Sri Lanka's two-Test tour of Pakistan, beginning on December 11.

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