Mickey Arthur has turned down the chance of a second term as Pakistan manager in order to stay in charge of Derbyshire cricket.
The 54-year-old South African led Pakistan from 2016 to 2019 when they became the highest-ranked Test team.
But he signed a contract extension with Derbyshire last monthbinding him to the club until the end of the 2025 season.
He was first appointed by the county in November 2021 after stepping down from his former role as Sri Lanka head coach.
A Pakistan Cricket Board statement said they had “been in talks with former national team head coach Mickey Arthur with a view to appointing him as head coach to guide the team through to the ACC Asian Cup, World Cup 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket Championship, 2024 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup and 2025 ICC Champions Trophy”.
The statement continued: “Due to his long-term contract with Derbyshire, we have also discussed a proposal to act as a consultant to the PCB on a time-share basis with Derbyshire.
“Unfortunately, this option is proving difficult to materialize for various reasons on both sides.”
Arthur has also coached South Africa and Australia, as well as T20 national teams in Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
Derbyshire haven’t won a major trophy since the 1990s – although they were promoted from the County Championship’s Second Division as champions in 2012.
Speaking last month, Arthur said: “We have a team full of potential and I can’t wait to develop them and challenge for silverware at the top of county cricket.”
Pakistan is exploring other potential candidates for the post of head coach and says ‘some big names are already being considered’.