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Pybus re-appointed Pak coach

Published: Wednesday, May 2, 2001, 23:53 [IST]
 
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Johannesburg: In a rather ironic move, the coach of a South African provincial cricket team has been re-appointed to coach the Pakistani team during its tour of England after being fired a year ago. Richard Pybus, who was fired from the coach's post at short notice by Pakistan a little over a year ago, left here for London on Tuesday evening to join the Pakistani team. Pybus told the daily 'Sportsday' he was not "put off" by the way he had been dismissed by Pakistan after the Australian tour in which they had performed so badly, he had earlier coached them at the 1999 World Cup. "We were simply in the middle of a change of government. The players were very happy with me and the whole thing has come full circle again. We have virtually the same management team in place," Pybus said. Pybus succeeds Javed Miandad, who was dismissed as coach two months ago. He will be Pakistan's ninth coach in the past four years. Pybus was apparently appointed for a two-month period just hours before the Pakistani team left for London, leaving local commentators confused about his future locally. He said before leaving that he was not leaving Border in the lurch because he "did not feature in their long-term plans anymore." "The whole structure has been changed. They (Border) want a coach for 12 months of the year. I was happy to sign a long-term contract on the basis of eight months of a year," Pybus said. He said he had been "pretty much on the outside looking in" on Border's successful path to the Supersport inter-provincial series in South Africa and had noted that there was no longer a future for him there. Asked about his future after the Pakistan tour, Pybus said, "We will see how it goes and after that we will talk again."

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