Grant Bradburn appointed Pakistan fielding coach

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Former New Zealand allrounder Grant Bradburn has been appointed Pakistan's fielding coach, filling the position left vacant by Steve Rixon, who had opted against renewing his contract, citing disagreements with the PCB.

Bradburn's first assignment with Pakistan will be in the UAE for the Asia Cup 2018, which starts on September 15. He was appointed for a period of three years, subject to reviews in between.

Bradburn said he was looking forward to being part of the journey of Pakistan becoming a dominant force and working with head coach Mickey Arthur. "It is a great honour to be joining the Pakistan cricket team and their high-quality coaching staff," he said in a statement. "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."

His appointment ends PCB's search for Rixon's successor. Last month, the board had almost finalised Darren Berry as the new fielding coach before Berry pulled out because of personal reasons.

Bradburn was the head coach for the Scotland till recently, having joined them in 2014. Under Bradburn, Scotland beat Hong Kong in the World T20 in 2016, securing their first victory at a world event. He had also coached Scotland to ODI victories against Full Members 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,"Malcolm Cannon, CEO of the board, 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."

Bradburn played seven Tests and 11 ODIs for New Zealand between 1990 and 2001.