Nixon Could Join Pune Warriors Club As Coach

by admin on December 17, 2011

Former England wicket-keeper and the recently retired Leicestershire club wicketkeeper, Paul Nixon may sign up with the Pune Warriors for a role in the coaching staff. Nixon retired from the T20 format of the game, guiding his English club, Leicestershire to a win in the Friends Life T20 Cup that won them a place in the Champions League T20.

However, what could go against Nixon is that he had earlier represented the breakway league, the ICL, which was at loggerheads with the Indian cricket board. The BCCI may not take too kindly to his appointment and the Warriors may just look at going for someone else.

Earlier, Nixon had refused an offer from the Leicestershire cricket club to coach their side, citing his preference to travel to India for the job with the Pune Warriors club.

Speaking to the media, Nixon admitted that it was a tough call to make but he had decided to go ahead with the decision to go to Pune. He added, “They came to me about the role, we have agreed terms and it’s a case of running it past the board and getting contracts signed.”

Things, however, get interesting when the Pune club said that Nixon was one of the many options the club was exploring. They added that it was too early to say who would join the team in the coaching role.

There have been instances in the past where the coach or the player has made an announcement around their selection earlier than anticipated but have got snubbed. It is a surprised then that Nixon has chosen to reveal the details without having the contract with the cricket club stitched up.

The fifth edition of the Indian Premier League starts from April 4 and will see nine clubs fight it out for a win. Chennai is the defending champion, while Pune had finished last in the previous edition of the tournament.

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