Steve Rixon, the Pakistan fielding coach, has decided to part ways with the team after the conclusion of the upcoming two T20 internationals against Scotland.
Steve Rixon decided to step down from his job because of being apparently unhappy with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).
In fact, Rixon and PCB are at loggerheads to such an extent that before the second Test against England, the coach even refused to come with the team to the ground for a practice session.
As per news in Pakistani media, the relation between the coach and the board soured over small complaints by the former Australian wicketkeeper. He had joined Pakistan team’s support staff two years back when Mickey Arthur took over as head coach.
Steve Rixon was apparently unhappy with PCB
“Rixon has several complaints like not being given proper residence in Lahore. Slow internet connections at the academy. Not getting the due protocol and delay in his monthly salary payment,” the report claimed.
The report claimed things came to a head before the Leeds Test which Pakistan lost by an innings and 55 runs when Rixon got angry after a delay in his salary of USD 8000 being transferred to his account.
“He refused to accompany the team for the practice session to Leeds. And left even Arthur and manager, Talat Ali surprised. Next day the money was transferred, and he came to the ground with the team for the start of the test. But remained unhappy and grumpy,” stated the source.
“When Hasan Ali dropped Jos Butler’s catch on four runs, Rixon was very angry and gave a piece of his mind to the player in the dressing room,” it added.
On the other hand, the PCB was interestingly ready to extend Rixon’s contract which was due to end this year. The PCB had also assured him a 10 percent raise in his salary. However, the board changed its mind after Rixon made ‘some sarcastic comments’.
“But when Rixon made some sarcastic comments during discussions on contract the PCB also became reluctant. Rixon in the meantime also got a good offer from a franchise in the Indian Premier League.”
The report said soon after getting the IPL offer Steve Rixon used personal and family commitments as an excuse to leave the job and not seek an extension. The PCB is reportedly in talks with Rixon’s compatriot Daren Barry to take over the job.
“He has decided to leave because he (Rixon) was not happy and the PCB is now negotiating with another Australian, Darren Berry to take over as the new fielding coach,” the report said.