Arthur to extract the best from Amir


Newly appointed Pakistan coach, Mickey Arthur, is aware of the controversy surrounding quick bowler Mohammad Amir, but is only concerned with getting the best out of his players.

Ahead of Pakistan's tour to England, Amir's visa application, and past spot-fixing scandal have dominated media coverage, but Arthur has stated that only cricketing matters concern him.

Speaking at his first presser ahead of the tour, Arthur stated: "He served his time, he's done it,

"Other stuff is not relevant to me. The stuff that's relevant to me is making Mohammad Amir the best he can possibly be as a cricketer."

Arthur coached Amir during his stint with the Karachi Kings, in the inaugural Pakistan Super League earlier this year, and praised the quick: "I had Amir in the PSL, he was a fantastic professional."

Amir's selection caused a rift in the Pakistan camp, with some senior players initially refusing to play with a man who they feel brought Pakistan cricket into disrepute, but Arthur was keen to sweep all of that under the rug and move on, saying: "People can say what they like, it's got nothing to do with me,

"If Mohammad Amir is picked in the Pakistan cricket team, which he has been for the England tour, it's my role as head coach to make him the best possible player that he can possibly be."

The former South Africa coach is renowned for his success in guiding the Proteas to the top of the rankings in all three formats of the game during his five year tenure with the team, as well as having a less successful spell with Australia which came to an abrupt end, after the 2013 ICC Champions Trophy.

Pakistan's newest coach has spoken of his ambition to work on the subcontinent, saying: "For me, I wanted to coach in the subcontinent at some stage in my coaching career because if you haven't coached in the subcontinent, you haven't really coached."

In Pakistan Arthur has a tremendously talented group of players, but it remains to be seen if he can mould the, at times, fractious Pakistanis into a cohesive and successful unit.