Pakistan fielding coach Steve Rixon set to leave his duties due to rifts with PCB

Pakistan fielding coach Steve Rixon set to leave his duties due to rifts with PCB

While the reasons for his exit are being cited as the rifts between the two parties, another school of thought reckons the IPL could be the reason.

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Steve Rixon. (Photo by Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images)

Steve Rixon, the fielding coach of the Pakistani team, is set to step down from his position. He is apparently unhappy with the way things have been handled by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). His differences with the PCB is the prime reason why Rixon has decided to step down after the two T20Is against Scotland in the coming days. The recent reports in the Jang newspaper suggest that the relations between Steve Rixon and PCB had been deteriorating in the recent times.

Things went a little overboard when Rixon refused to come out to practice with the national side before the second Test against England. The reason that he cited for the same was the non-payment of his salary by the PCB. He was due to be paid USD 8000. His refusal to take the field did not please the head coach Mickey Arthur and the team manager Talat Ali as well.

Scolded Hasan Ali in the dressing room

When he refused to take the field, the payment was made to him on the very next day. He then accompanied the team for the practice session on the next day but looked in a grumpy mood for a long time. In fact, when Hasan Ali dropped Jos Buttler in the game, Steve Rixon ended up giving a mouthful to the bowler in the dressing room. The reports further suggest that Rixon had started turning nitpicky.

He complained about his house in Lahore, the slow internet connections, and the delay in salary deposits. Rixon had been associated with the team for over two years. PCB was considering an extension but the reports in Sportskeeda suggest that he will step down.

Is IPL the reason?

While the reasons for his exit are being cited as the rifts between the two parties, another school of thought reckons the IPL could be the reason. Reportedly, Steve Rixon got an attractive offer from an IPL franchise. He is set to finalize the deal in the coming days. Hence, to ensure that he takes up the IPL offer, he started behaving awkwardly with the PCB. He started citing family commitments and personal reasons as an excuse to leave the job. While Rixon is set to leave, the PCB is in talks with another Australia, Darren Berry, to take up the job.

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