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Bradburn Retires from Pakistan Coaching Role, Thanks Players and Staff

Grant Bradburn, the former New Zealand all-rounder, has announced his retirement from his position as the high-performance coach of Pakistan cricket on Monday. Bradburn, who had served in various coaching roles for Pakistan cricket for five years, expressed his gratitude and pride for working with the players, coaches and staff of the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

Bradburn joined the PCB as the head coach of the national men’s team in May 2023, on a two-year contract. He had previously coached Scotland for four years and led them to their first-ever wins over England and Sri Lanka. He was also the fielding coach of the Pakistan team from 2018 to 2021.

However, in November 2023, the PCB reshuffled the coaching staff of the national team and assigned Bradburn as the head of high-performance coaching at the National Cricket Academy in Lahore. The PCB said that all the coaches would continue to work at the academy until the new coaching staff for the upcoming series in Australia and New Zealand was announced.

Bradburn’s last assignment as the head coach of the national team was the World Cup 2023, where Pakistan could not secure the semi-finals spot.

Bradburn took to X, the social media platform formerly known as Twitter, to announce his retirement and share his feelings. He wrote: “Time to close the amazing chapter that has been Pakistan cricket. Three roles over five years, I am proud of what’s been achieved and grateful to have worked with so many outstanding players, coaches and staff.”

He also wished the Pakistan cricket team, staff and the PCB continued success and growth in the future. He said: “Wishing the teams, staff and everyone at Pakistan Cricket continued success and growth.”

Bradburn’s retirement comes at a time when Pakistan cricket is undergoing a transition phase, with several senior players retiring or being dropped from the national team. The PCB is also looking for a new chief selector and a new head coach for the national team.

Bradburn, who played seven Tests and 11 ODIs for New Zealand between 1990 and 2001, was a tall off-spinner and a lower-order batsman. He also played for Northern Districts for 16 seasons and scored over 7,000 runs and took over 350 wickets in first-class and List A cricket. He was also the coach of New Zealand A and the Under-19 team before joining Scotland in 2014.

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