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Mickey Arthur has resigned as head coach of Sri Lanka's national team. It was confirmed by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Tuesday.
Arthur in an e-mail informed Shammi Silva (SLC chief), Ashely de Silva (CEO) and Mohan de silva (secretary) about his resignment.
"I just wanted to inform you that with regret and against my preferred option I have signed a 3-year contract as Director of Cricket with Derbyshire County Cricket Club to commence after my last assignment being the Test series against West Indies",
"I know that Sri Lanka is a far better place than when I arrived and have helped groom some very good talent as well as developing a team and brand that can give SLC some sustainable success in the future", he added.
Arthus said his decision was forced by the lack of confirmation he had received from SLC about his future.
"All I wanted was an indication from SLC that you were happy with the job that myself and my very loyal and good support staff were doing and I would have stayed, having not received anything I felt with no option. I have fallen in love with Sri Lanka Cricket, the players, the people and your beautiful country".
Arthur is determined to help Sri Lanka win the upcoming series against West Indies which is going to be his last assignment.
"I am determined beyond no end to help the players beat the West Indies in the last series and would like nothing better to sign off with a Test series win", he added in his letter.