Sri Lanka coach Mickey Arthur admits hunkering down at The Taj hotel in Colombo is getting “claustrophobic”. With Sri Lanka in lockdown due to the coronavirus pandemic, Arthur calculates he has had more than 40 room service meals alone – as his wife and children live in Perth, Western Australia.
His only social exposure has been occasionally seeing other hotel guests – only about 10 remain – at breakfast or the gym. Nights are spent watching Netflix and he also devoured ‘The Test’ – the acclaimed documentary about the Australian men’s cricket team, who Arthur coached from 2011-13.
“I’m not complaining but it is lonely,” Arthur tells me via a telephone interview. “That’s why I’ve immersed myself in the work.”