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Pakistan to go into the Zimbabwe tour without a fielding coach

Pakistan will play a T20I tri-series in Zimbabwe and then an ODI series with the hosts.

Darren Berry
Darren Berry. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Pakistan recently shortlisted a new fielding coach as their existing coach Steve Rixon finished his contractual term with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB). Rixon didn’t extend his stay and has flown back home to Australia following the conclusion of the series against Scotland. PCB has decided upon the name of Darren Berry as his replacement, however, he cannot join the team immediately.

He has conveyed it to the board that due to his current commitment in Australia it will not be possible for him to help the team for the Zimbabwe series. The earliest assignment he can be with the team for is the Asia Cup in September. It is believed that it was the head coach of the team Mickey Arthur who recommended PCB sign him as the fielding coach.

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Rixon has officially stated that he isn’t willing to continue holding the position as he has family commitments to take care of. However, it is a public secret that the Aussie has had his issues with the PCB. The board hasn’t been satisfied with his attitude either. There are some non-compliance issues as far as his contract is concerned.

It extends to the extent that the fielding coach after his salary was delayed, Rioxon denied accompanying the team to the ground in the second Test vs England in June.

The Pakistan team led by Sarfraz Ahmed will land in Zimbabwe to play a T20I Tri-Series that also involves Australia. Following the triangular tournament, they will play a 5-match ODI series against the hosts.

Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe schedule

July 13 – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 1st ODI | Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

July 16 – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 2nd ODI | Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

July 18 – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 3rd ODI | Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

July 20 – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 4th ODI | Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

July 22 – Zimbabwe vs Pakistan, 5th ODI | Queens Sports Club, Bulawayo

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