Sri Lanka rope in the services of Steve Rixon as their fielding coach

Rixon is expected to join the team in New Zealand on the 24th of December.

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Steve Rixon (left). (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)
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Sri Lanka Cricket has appointed Australian Steve Rixon as their fielding coach. He is slated to hold the position till the end of the 2019 World Cup. The move seems to be taken with regards to the poor fielding standards displayed by the team recently. Even head coach Chandika Hathurusingha raised his concern with the fielding lapses. Many of which ended up costing Sri Lanka the game.

Rixon who represented Australia in 13 Tests and 6 ODIs was handling the fielding affairs for Pakistan in his previous stint. During his tenure, there was a drastic improvement in their fielding standards. However, a fallout with the Pakistan Cricket Board led to him stepping down in June. Now Rixon will have another huge task in hands of initiating a rapid transformation with the World Cup less than six months away.

Rixon will take the Sri Lankan team forward

Sri Lanka Cricket is delighted to have him on board. CEO Ashley De Silva welcomed Rixon into the Sri Lankan cricketing team circles. He emphasized how fielding played an important role in the game. The former Australian cricketer has also coached domestic teams in Australia as well as in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

“We are happy to welcome Steve into the team. I am sure he will be able to help the team moving forward, with his expertise in the area of fielding; which is a vital component of the game” the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket was quoted as saying by TOI.

Rixon is expected to join the team in New Zealand on the 24th of December. He will start his tenure from the Boxing Day Test match. Until then current coach Manoj Abeywickrama will remain with the national side for the first two Tests in New Zealand. Following that, Manoj will oversee fielding operations in the Sri Lankan A setup.

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