LONDON, ENGLAND - JUNE 14: Michael Clarke with Mickey Arthur during the Australia Nets Session at The Oval on June 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Christopher Lee/Getty Images)

Former Australian and Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur is set to rejoin Pakistan but in a different role than that of head coach.

ESPN Cricinfo has reported that former Australian cricket coach Mickey Arthur is extremely close to signing a deal with the PCB to become Pakistan's new team director

The report suggests the deal is almost done, with Arthur likely to join from as soon as April 1.

Original reports indicate Arthur and the PCB board failed to reach an agreement late last year. This was due to Arthur not giving up his role at Derbyshire in English Country Cricket. However, last week the negotiations between the two were back with the interim head of the PCB continuing the pursuit for Arthur's signature.

If Arthur is to sign on as a team director he will be signed to a unique arrangement. Not giving up his role in England, means Arthur will not be with the team when they tour Sri Lanka in July or host the Asia Cup in September.

Although he will play a large role when Pakistan take on Australia later in the year and at the ODI World Cup in India.

Having coached four different countries across 15 years, Arthur will work only as a consultant. Alongside assistant coach Grant Bradburn he will have the opportunity to pick the remaining vacant staff positions.

Across 15 years, Arthur coached South Africa, Australia, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. He had the most success as a coach for Pakistan where he managed to lead them to win the ICC Champions Trophy in. During his tenure at Pakistan, he also defeated Australia and Zimbabwe in a triangular series and got Pakistan to No.1 in the T20 rankings.