Darren Berry turns down Pakistan’s fielding coach job

Darren Berry Australia Pakistan Steve Rixon

Australia’s former state cricketer, Darren Berry has turned down Pakistan Cricket Board’s offer to become Pakistan’s fielding coach, citing it is too early for him to take an international assignment.

Berry, the former wicketkeeper batsman, is associated with Pakistan Super League’s two-time champions, Islamabad United and has also coached South Australian side to a Big Bash League win.

The 48-year old was offered to replace his countryman, Steve Rixon, who resigned as Pakistan’s fielding coach earlier in this year.

However, Berry is thankful to PCB for offering him the job.

“I’m extremely thankful for the opportunity presented by Mickey Arthur and the PCB. After healthy discussions between the PCB and myself, I have decided that at this point in time with a young family [Berry has three children] that full-time international travel was a bridge too far right now,” Berry was quoted.

“I will continue to work with Islamabad United in the PSL and will keep an open mind in relation to international coaching opportunities in the future,” he added.

Darren Berry has represented South Australia and Victoria during his playing days. He has played 153 First Class games and 89 List A matches.