SL ap­point Rixon as fielding coach

Oman Daily Observer - - CRICKET -

COLOMBO: Strug­gling Sri Lanka on Satur­day an­nounced the ap­point­ment of for­mer Aus­tralian crick­eter Steve Rixon as their fielding coach, in a bid to boost prepa­ra­tions for the world cup next year.

The 64-year-old will be­gin his new as­sign­ment later this month and join the team in New Zealand where, start­ing on De­cem­ber 15, Sri Lanka are sched­uled to play two Tests, three one-day in­ter­na­tion­als and one Twenty20. They will later play two Tests in Aus­tralia from Jan­uary 24.

“We are happy to wel­come Steve into the team,” Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ash­ley de Silva said. “I am sure he will be able to help the team mov­ing for­ward, with his ex­per­tise in the area of fielding which is a vi­tal com­po­nent of the game.”

De Silva said Rixon will work with the na­tional team until the end of the 2019 World Cup.

Sri Lanka have been strug­gling for form re­cently, los­ing the home ODI and Test se­ries to Eng­land.

They have also been hit by cri­sis off the field.

Bowl­ing coach Nuwan Zoysa was sus­pended by the In­ter­na­tional Cricket Coun­cil in Oc­to­ber af­ter he was ac­cused of match-fix­ing and other “cor­rupt con­duct”.

Ear­lier that month, ex-chief se­lec­tor and for­mer cap­tain Sanath Jaya­suriya was charged for fail­ing to co­op­er­ate with a match-fix­ing probe and con­ceal­ing in­for­ma­tion.

The coun­try re­cently sought help from neigh­bour­ing In­dia to draft laws to com­bat cheat­ing in the game.

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