Lahore: South African Mickey Arthur has been appointed as the head coach of the Pakistan Cricket team, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) confirmed on Friday.

The 47-year old Arthur will replace Waqar Younis, who stepped down after the team’s dismal show at the Asia Cup and the recently concluded ICC World T20. Younis still had three months left on his contract.

Arthur, who turns 48 next month coached South Africa from 2005-2010 before shifting base to manage Australia, where he stayed at the helm for 19 months.

The South African, however, faced severe criticism following a 4-0 Test debacle to India and a poor show at the Champions Trophy in England, which ultimately put his job in danger.

Arthur was sacked two weeks before the Ashes series started June 2013, with two years remaining on his contract. He was replaced by Darren Lehmann.