Published On: Wed, Jun 15th, 2016

Pakistan hire Australian Rixon to lift fielding


Karachi: Pakistan Tuesday finalised its coaching team for their England tour, appointing Australian Steve Rixon to lift their dwindling fielding standards.

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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.

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.

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has announced to appoint Mushtaq Ahmed for Test series and Azhar Mehmood for One Day International and T20 matches as bowling coaches for England tour.

PCB appoints Azhar, Mushtaq as bowling coaches for England tour

These appointments have been made on demand of Head Coach Mickey Arthur. Mushtaq Ahmed will perform responsibility of bowling coach for four Test matches, while, Azhar Mehmood would perform the duty of interim bowling coach for T20 and ODI series, sources said.

On the other hand, PCB appointed former New Zealand coach Steve Rixon as fielding coach.

PCB would very soon make formal announcement in this regard. The national team would leave for England tour on June 18.

Earlier, Mickey Arthur has promised to do everything in his power to help paceman Mohammad Amir realise his full potential after the bowler was granted a visa for the team’s upcoming tour of England.

Amir will return to England six years after a spot-fixing scandal in a Lord’s test resulted in bans and jail sentences for the then teenage bowler and his former team mates Salman Butt and Mohammad Asif.

“He served his time, he’s done it,” Arthur, who coached Amir at Karachi Kings in Pakistan Super League (PSL), said in his first news conference since succeeding Waqar Younis in the post.

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