The Pakistan cricket team’s search for a new fielding coach is set to continue even further after Australia’s Darren Berry withdrew his interest from the role due to personal and professional reasons.
The men in green have been without a fielding coach ever since Steve Rixon chose not to renew his contract which ran out in June this year. Following Rixon’s decision, the PCB had zeroed in on Berry as his replacement with the Australian’s nomination being endorsed by head coach Mickey Arthur.
Talks between Berry and the PCB were at an advanced stage with the fielding coach initially earmarked to start his tenure during Pakistan’s recent tour of Zimbabwe. However, that appointment was then postponed until the upcoming Asia Cup which will be held in the UAE.
Now, according to report by ESPNCricinfo, Berry has decided to opt out of the running although he will continue to serve as the fielding coach of Pakistan Super League defending champions Islamabad United.
“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity presented by Micky Arthur and PCB,” Berry told ESPNCricinfo.
“After healthy discussions between the PCB and myself, I have decided that at this point in time with a young family that full-time international travel was a bridge too far right now. I will continue to work with Islamabad United in the PSL and will keep an open mind in relation to international coaching opportunities in the future,” he added.
A former Australia international, 48-year-old Berry currently serves as the head coach of the Southern Redbacks along with Big Bash League (BBL) franchise Adelaide Strikers.
The young pacer clinched the award after a stellar year in which he climbed to the top of the ICC Test rankings for bowlers.
Currently lying in second spot behind England’s James Anderson, Rabada made history earlier this year when he became the youngest bowler to top the ICC rankings since the 19th century.
During South Africa’s recent Test series defeat to Sri Lanka, the 23-year-old broke Harbhajan Singh’s record in becoming the youngest bowler to claim 150 wickets.
Former South Africa pacer Alan Donald heaped praise on the youngster after he was awarded with Wisden’s Golden Boy title.
“We all knew in South Africa that Kagiso Rabada was destined for big things. I knew it was going to come, but I didn’t know it was going to come this quickly,” Donald told Wisden Cricket Monthly.
“When Dale Steyn first broke through his consistency and the rate he was taking wickets at was quite frightening and the same is now happening with Kagiso. He’s just incredible, a machine really, and fantastic to watch.
“Kagiso is well on his way to becoming South Africa’s all-time greatest fast bowler. Going at the rate he is it’s a case of when rather than if he becomes our country’s leading Test wicket-taker and it will be a proud moment for me seeing this young man do that, a magnificent achievement for him and an inspiration for all young black cricketers in South Africa.”
According to a report by the Indian Express, the BCCI is set to appoint a new CAC whose members will be honorary instead of being paid.
Tendulkar, Ganguly and Laxman currently serve in paid positions of the CAC and they will be allowed to continue in their roles once they have adhered to BCCI’s conflict of interest rules.
At present, Ganguly serves as the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) and he would need to step down from that role if he intends to continue as a member of the CAC. Similarly, Laxman serves as a mentor to IPL outfit Sunrisers Hyderabad and he would need to resign from that role in order to continue in the CAC.
In Tendulkar’s case, the maestro will need to recuse himself from the CAC as long as his son Arjun remains in contention for India’s U19 squad.
The CAC currently recommends names for the various selection panels along with coaches for the India men’s and women’s teams. The new CAC body is likely to be elected during BCCI’s Annual General Meeting (AGM).
In its final order on the Lodha Panel recommendations for the functioning of the BCCI on Thursday, the Supreme Court of India stated that the CAC will continue to recommend names for the various selections panels in consultation with the CoA (Committee of Administrators).
“Until the elections to the BCCI take place, the CoA is empowered to consult with the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising reputed former international cricketers and to constitute a committee of selectors,” the order had stated.
“The Men’s Selection Committee shall consist of five persons to be appointed by a Cricket Advisory Committee comprising of reputed former international cricketers identified by the BCCI at the Annual General Meeting.”