South African cricket coach Arthur quits
JOHANNESBURG: South African coach Mickey Arthur has resigned from his post after reportedly having differences with Captain Graeme Smith.
Arthur''s axeing comes just days before the South African team''s departure for India on Saturday for a two-match Test series between the two top-ranked teams in Test cricket. India recently took over the top spot from South Africa.
High performance coach Corrie van Zyl, a former fast bowler, has been appointed acting coach for Indian tour while Cricket SA starts the process to find a long-term successor.
The highlights of Arthur''s tenure were Test series wins in England and Australia in 2008. South Africa achieved the official number one ranking in both Test and one-day cricket during his time in charge.
Reports claimed that Arthur''s decision to resign followed an irreparable breakdown in the relationship with Smith but a source said Arthur''s departure was the result of a decision by the CSA board.