The coach of the Pakistan cricket team, Arthur was once the head coach of the Australia Cricket team.
However, he was sacked three years ago in a dismissal that was alleged to have been acrimonious and in which the South African laid a claim for a high profile severance from his employers.
Less than two years into his tenure as the coach, his post began t0 unravel especially during the 2013 tour of India where his team led by Michael Clarke were whitewashed 4-0.
And during the infamous ‘homework-gate’ scandal, four of their players were stood down for a test. The Champions Trophy tournament held in London a few months later, saw England’s Joe Root being punched by opening batsman, David Warner on a boozy night out at a bar.
With the discipline of the team appearing to be in complete disarray, Arthur was thus dismissed just three weeks before the Ashes and replaced with Darren Lehmann, who currently is the coach of the Australian Team.
And three years after his sacking, Arthur will hope to guide Pakistan to a breakthrough test series win Down Under. The first match of the series will start on Thursday in Brisbane.
The 48-year old, who has lived in Perth for no less than six years, said he felt no extra motivation was needed to beat the home side
“We just want to win every test series we play,” Arthur said.
Talking about their Australian opponents, Arthur noted that while it was not impossible for them to win, it would be amazing if they did.
“For these guys to come here and win would be amazing. We are under no illusions. Australia are a fantastic cricket team and, in these conditions, it’s going to be very tough for them,” he concluded.