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Former New Zealand cricketer Grant Bradburn has resigned as Pakistan’s head of high performance coaching. He was associated with the Pakistan Cricket Board for three years. The former New Zealand Test spinner was also the fielding coach of the Pakistani team from September 2018 to June 2020. After this he took over the responsibility of development of coaching. In a statement published by the Pakistan Cricket Board, Brandburn said, “It has been an honor to work with Pakistan Cricket. I am leaving with great memories and a wonderful experience. Grant Bradburn played as an off-spinner for New Zealand between 1990 and 2001. He has seven Tests and 11 ODIs to his name. He has also been the coach of New Zealand A and New Zealand Under 19 teams.
Bradburn is the fifth top official to step down since Rameez Raja took over as PCB chief. Before him, Pakistan’s head coach Misbah-ul-Haq, bowling coach Waqar Younis, CEO Wasim Khan and marketing head Babar Hameed have stepped down. Bradburn said that due to the Corona protocol, he was unable to spend time with the family. He told, ‘My wife Mari and three children have made a lot of sacrifices while working with Pakistan Cricket. Due to Corona, there were many challenges in his coming to Pakistan and feeling the warmth, love and friendship here. Now is the time for me to prioritize my family and move on to the next coaching challenge.
He was given the responsibility of raising the standard of all high performance centers in Pakistan. On his departure, Nadeem Khan, director of High Performance, said, “Grant served Pakistan cricket with passion and dedication. He was always full of enthusiasm and had new ideas. He also implemented many of these. I thank Grant for his support in Pakistan cricket.
Rameez Raja is driving the winds of change
There are indications that in the coming days, people holding many more senior positions may resign from the Pakistan Board. Rameez Raja has made it clear that he will implement his own blueprint to improve Pakistan cricket and bring about a change in the board. He has also talked about reduction in the salary of the officers sitting in the top position. The Pakistan Board has recently sought applications for the new CEO. But in this, less salary is being offered than the old CEO Wasim Khan.
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