Bradburn appointed Pakistan’s fielding coach

Grant Bradburn appointed Pakistan fielding coach cricket

Grant Bradburn: “It is a great honour to be joining the Pakistan cricket team and their high-quality coaching staff”

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Scotland head coach Grant Bradburn will leave his post after agreeing to become Pakistan’s fielding coach.

Bradburn will replace Steve Rixon, who decided not to renew his contract due to personal reasons.

The 52-year-old has signed a three-year deal with Pakistan, but his performance will be reviewed over certain periods of time.

With head coach Mickey Arthur having turned Pakistan into a formidable side by focusing heavily on fitness, Bradburn is determined to make the men in green even more of a threat by improving their fielding.

“It is a great honour to be joining the Pakistan cricket team and their high-quality coaching staff,” he said in a statement as quoted by ESPNcricinfo. “I have seen the progress that has been made under Mickey Arthur and the opportunity to work with a leading Full-Member team on the rise in world cricket, is a real privilege.

“Against Scotland in June, we saw the impressive changes that have been instilled, noticeably with the physical stature and fielding abilities of Pakistan’s players. I look forward to adding my experience to the players and staff, while being an integral part of the exciting and dominant team, Team Pakistan is becoming.”

During his tenure with Scotland, the national team notched up a number of memorable victories, including their first at a world event when they beat Hong Kong at the 2016 World Twenty20.

Scotland also secured ODI victories against Afghanistan and England.

“Grant leaves the Scotland team in a very good position to qualify for, and compete strongly in, the next two World T20 finals in 2020 and 2021,” Cricket Scotland CEO Malcolm Cannon said. “To us, Grant will always be considered a Scot and we wish him the very best of luck and good fortune in his new role as we each move onto a more exciting future.”

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