PCB hires Australian Rixon to lift fielding

Published: June 14, 2016


KARACHI: Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) finalised on Tuesday its coaching team for their England tour, appointing Australian Steve Rixon to lift their dwindling fielding standards.

Rixon was appointed on the recommendation of head coach Mickey Arthur, who was brought in last month after Pakistan’s disastrous World Twenty20 in India where it failed to reach the semi-finals.

Arthur replaces Waqar Younis, who resigned in April.

Pakistan in April appointed former captain Inzamam-ul-Haq as chief selector as they look to improve their rankings in one-day and Twenty20 internationals.

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A Pakistan Cricket Board spokesman said: “We have appointed Rixon as fielding coach, Mushtaq Ahmed as bowling coach for Tests, Azhar Mahmood (bowling coach) for the limited over series,” said the spokesman.

Rixon, 62, is regarded as a hard taskmaster and Arthur said last week the team’s fielding was “in need of a huge lift”.

Pakistan leave for England on June 18 and will train in Hampshire before opening the tour with a three-day side game against Somerset from July 3.

They play Sussex from July 8 to 10 in another side game before taking on England in the first of four Tests at Lord’s from July 14.

The Tests will be followed by five one-day internationals and a Twenty20.

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Reader Comments (5)

  • Ishrat Salim
    Jun 14, 2016 - 10:59PM

    Too many cooks will spoil the broth. That is what will turn Pakistan into a worse team. Recommend

  • Sajid
    Jun 14, 2016 - 11:04PM

    How PCB appoint Azhar Mehmood as a bowling coach. What is performance in Past. He was out of PAK team due to Bad performance and he always prefer to play for counties instead for Pakistan.Recommend

  • Umer Hamid Enam
    Jun 15, 2016 - 1:44AM

    I think PCB under Najam Sethi should now hire foreign players to play for Pakistan. Just to earn more commission. People like him are not loyal to Pakistan. Recommend

  • Najaf
    Jun 15, 2016 - 1:54AM

    Any body wants a job in PCB start criticizing the PCB and soon you will get a jab whether you deserve or not. Aqib and Azhar they both got jobs. Mushtaq is inzamam boy, partner in fixing matches they have been doing this for many years. If mushtaq is unable to coach yasir then who he is going to coach.Recommend

  • Ammar
    Jun 15, 2016 - 7:37AM

    We have hired everyone from head coach, two bowling coaches, field coach etc etc. What is missing —–batting coach. Please hire a batting coach – that’s what we need !!!!Recommend

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