Grant Luden set to replace Steve Rixon as fielding coach

PCB has accepted head coach Mickey Arthur’s recommendation

Grant Luden set to replace Steve Rixon as fielding coach PHOTO: PCB

The Pakistan Cricket Board has decided to replace fielding coach Steve Rixon with Grant Luden—who is currently working with the team as the fitness trainer—on head coach Mickey Arthur’s advice.

In a conversation between PCB chairman Najam Sethi and Arthur, the duo agreed on handing over the fielding coach duties to Luden. He will take charge during Pakistan’s tour of Zimbabwe in July.

It must be noted that Luden has served in that role in the past as well. He was the trainer and fielding coach during Waqar Younis’s reign as head coach of the Pakistan Cricket Team, during 2016.

PCB was on the lookout for a new fielding coach as Steve Rixon’s tenure draws to a close. The Australian has decided not to renew his contract, due to personal reasons, and will depart after the conclusion of Pakistan’s tour of England.

Earlier Sethi had failed to convince Rixon to prolong his stay till the 2019 World Cup after the latter wanted to spend more time with his family—which he had been denied while being away on tours frequently. Pakistan team has shown a marked improvement in the fielding department since Rixon had joined the team in 2016.