Mickey Arthur As Pakistan's "Online Coach"? Report Sparks Meme Fest On Twitter
Reports of Mickey Arthur being appointed as Pakistan men's cricket team's "online coach" have triggered a huge meme-fest on social media.
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is reportedly gearing up to appoint Mickey Arthur as the 'online coach' of their senior men's national team. It has been reported that Arthur will be available on-site only for limited assignments while parallely working as the full-time coach for Derbyshire County Cricket Club. The decision from PCB has invited mixed reactions from fans while former captain Shahid Afridi also remains skeptical of Arthur's return, that too as an 'online coach'. The situation has triggered a meme fest on social media among fans.
Arthur is not expected to be with the Pakistan team when they tour Sri Lanka this July or even the Asia Cup in September. But, when the county season is over, he is expected to be physically present to guide Babar Azam & Co. But, for the ODI World Cup later this year, Arthur is expected to be a part of the coaching team.
However, Afridi isn't someone who is impressed with this setup.
Speaking of Arthur's possible appointment as 'online coach', Afridi said: "The concept of online coaching by a foreign coach for the national team is beyond comprehension; every era has the personal likes and dislikes of the captain to sustain Pakistan cricket. It will be necessary to work at the grassroots to provide the best training to the budding players."
Shahid Afridi Criticising Najam Sethi's decision over Online coach. #shahidafridi #najamsethi pic.twitter.com/hVID6bTuvg— Shaharyar Ejaz (@SharyOfficial) January 30, 2023
Here's how the news triggered a meme fest on Twitter:
#onlinecoach #MickeyArthur #pcb pic.twitter.com/fOAa3Mq6ZU— SöHåîL QâMäR (@Sohailmayo05) January 31, 2023
According to reports, Mickey Arthur will be 'online' coach for Pakistan during the 2023 WC. We are very happy to offer ourselves as online coach for any national team, just gives us a buzz on Zoom, Teams, or another platform of your choice. We will sort your side out, virtually.— Iceland Cricket (@icelandcricket) January 30, 2023
As Mickey Arthur is going to be appointed as Online Coach...— Allah Bakhsh (@AllahBakhshBalo) January 31, 2023
Scenes from future.. pic.twitter.com/Y0KBgXPHzS
Hello @TheRealPCB— Hulkistan (@Hulkistan) January 30, 2023
I'd like to apply to be the online fitness coach.
I'll turn the players from cricketers into cricket athletes
I am highly recommended from my friends at @MCCOfficial, and I'm ready to start ASAP #CricketTwitter pic.twitter.com/W7g77PEIe8
Pakistani batters when a network error occur during online call with coach Mickey Arthur: pic.twitter.com/HEBARrmW4Q— Dr.Biolistic (@Dr_Biolistic) January 30, 2023
There are reports that Arthur might start a new chapter in his professional career as the Pakistan team's director from April 01. It has also been reported that the 'online coach' option was tabled by the PCB after Arthur suggested that he would not be able to become a full-time coach.