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Darren Berry rejects Pakistan fielding coach job

Updated August 15, 2018

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LONDON: Former Australian state team cricketer Darren Berry has rejected the role of the Pakistan fielding coach which was offered to him by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The wicket-keeper/batsman, who is currently working with the Pakistan Super League (PSL) franchise Islamabad United, believes that it is too soon for him to take the full-time International job.

“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity presented by Mickey Arthur and the PCB. After healthy discussions between the PCB and myself, I have decided that at this point in time with a young family [Berry has three children] that full-time international travel was a bridge too far right now,” Berry was quoted as saying.

“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.

The right-hand batsman was considered for the job after Pakistan’s former fielding coach Steve Rixon decided not to renew his contract citing personal and professional reasons.

Before getting associated with Islamabad United, Berry, who played 153 first-class matches from 1989 to 2004, spent four years with domestic team South Australia and guided them to 2010-11 Big Bash victory.

Published in Dawn, August 15th, 2018