Rixon’s contract expired at the end of June but he chose not to sign a new deal due to personal reasons as he wanted to spend more time with his family, according to a report on the Cricinfo website citing an anonymous senior official in the PCB. That, however, was not the case with Rixon.
“They didn’t pay subsidiary staff on time. Everyone was meant to go to the World Cup, which would be the sensible thing to do but not unless they improved their act,” Rixon told Fairfax Media.¬†“[I told them], ‘you guys will make me angrier and angrier, and I don’t need it.’¬†I said ‘thanks, but no thanks’.”
Former South Australia coach Darren Berry was also offered the role but declined to spend more time with his family.
Rixon said he had a strong working relationship with Arthur, for whom he was also an assistant when the South African was at the helm with the Australian team. His gripe is not with his former coaching colleagues or the players but with the administration staff at the PCB.
“Let’s make sure one thing is clear, the players and the coaches so forth no problems at all, thoroughly enjoyed my time,” Rixon said.¬†“Seriously, the PCB not being a professional unit and doing things they should. If they want outsiders to the country doing the job make sure you look after them.
“Hence they lost myself ‚Äď they’re losing good people because of their stupidity and lack of professionalism.¬†It’s¬†no skin off my nose. Shame because I enjoy the players and saw some fantastic things there.”
Arthur has placed an emphasis on improving Pakistan’s fielding, an area the team has not been traditionally strong in. He described Rixon as a “tough taskmaster”.
“What Steve did incredibly well was, he didn’t miss anything,” Arthur said in an interview with ESPNcricinfo in August.¬†“He watched the game closely, and if something happened in the game he didn’t like, that player would be out the next day at the next training session, working on that, whether it be a throwing technique, diving technique or catching technique, and doing some individual work with him.
“Steve could tell the number of ones or twos saved. He always had a rubbish bin ‚Äď a misfield or an overthrow would go in there, and at the end of that game, in our debrief, we would look at our rubbish bin and see how full it was.”