Pybus quits coaching job at Middlesex

FORMER Suffolk pace bowler Richard Pybus has left his role as first-team coach at Middlesex with immediate effect.Pybus asked the club to be released from his contract due to personal reasons.

FORMER Suffolk pace bowler Richard Pybus has left his role as first-team coach at Middlesex with immediate effect.

Pybus asked the club to be released from his contract due to personal reasons. He had only been in charge since April.

The 42-year-old played his club cricket for Sudbury and Halstead. He made his Suffolk debut in 1986 and played 18 matches for the county and captured 59 wickets at an average of 24.54.

He then launched a successful coaching career, which blossomed in South Africa and led to him having two spells as coach to Pakistan in 1999 and 2003.


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Pybus joined Middlesex on a three-year contract from South African side Titans - with whom he won the Provincial Championship. However, he has not been able to inspire Middlesex, who were relegated in both the four-day and one-day leagues last season, beyond mid-table in the LV County Championship Second Division.

The Crusaders were also unable to qualify for the knock-out stages of the Friends Provident Trophy or the Twenty20 Cup.

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Former England spinner John Emburey, the county's director of cricket, will take over the former Pakistan coach's duties at Lord's.

When Pybus was appointed in February from a shortlist of six candidates Emburey said: “We have managed to capture the signature of a world-class, international coach in Richard, he was an outstanding person.”

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