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Scotland coach Grant Bradburn quits for Pakistan role

by Wisden Staff 3 minute read

Grant Bradburn will leave his position as Scotland head coach to take up a role as Pakistan fielding coach.

Bradburn will join up with the Pakistan squad in the UAE as they prepare for the Asia Cup starting later this month.

“It is a great honour to be joining Pakistan and their high-quality coaching staff,” Bradburn said. “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.”

Bradburn will join Mickey Arthur’s coaching team

Bradburn’s decision to leave Scotland was a difficult one, he insisted. “I am extremely proud of the progress the national team and Cricket Scotland as an organisation have made, which makes it a difficult decision to step away at this time.

“The team is in a great place and recent success is no surprise, considering the strong hard-working, winning culture that exists amongst the players and staff. I am positive the team is ready and capable to continue the climb towards full membership and further international success.”

Bradburn oversaw a successful period for Scotland culminating in their famous ODI victory over England in Edinburgh in 2018. The team narrowly missed out on a place at next year’s World Cup after losing to the Windies by six runs in a decisive rain-affected game in the qualifier.

Malcolm Cannon, Cricket Scotland CEO said: “Grant Bradburn’s departure is a demonstration of the high profile the Scotland men’s team has achieved through its continued success over recent years.

“The team has performed very strongly, including our first victory at a world event, a strong performance at the World Cup qualifier in Zimbabwe and four wins against ICC full members (Afghanistan, Zimbabwe, Sri Lanka and England) including the iconic ODI victory against England in June this year.

“Grant leaves the team in a very good position to qualify for, and compete strongly in, the next two World T20 finals in 2020 and 2021.”

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