PCB sets sights on Aussie fielding coach

Published: Friday, May 6, 2005, 23:53 [IST]
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Islamabad:Concerned over the dipping fielding standards of the Pakistan cricketers, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to rope in the services of a fielding coach from Australia to work on the national players so as to improve their fielding so that they can be of international standards.

Talking to newspersons here at the Diamond Club Ground, PCB chairman Shaharyar Khan voiced his unhappiness over below par fielding standards of the cricketers and said that fielding in the just concluding twenty20 meet left a lot to be desired.

"When we talk about the standard of fielding in the Twenty20 cricket, the picture is not rosy. Players who play this shorter version of the game are our top first class cricketers and the way they were dropping sitters were really shocking," he said.

The PCB chief, while refusing to divulge any names for the fielding coach job, said he would ideally want someone from Australia to work on the players. "I am not in a position to name the possible candidate for the job. But I would prefer someone from Australian cricket academies to care of our players. of course, we haven't ruled out the possibility of hiring Jonty Rhodes. But our first priority would be to look for someone from Australia," he said.

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