Former England one-day international wicketkeeper Paul Nixon is to join Indian Premier League franchise Pune Warriors as batting coach.
Nixon retired from first-class cricket at the end of last season after a 22-year career but was expected to stay involved in county cricket as Leicestershire’s batting coach.
But Nixon, 41, was unable to agree terms with Leicestershire and has now agreed to join Pune on an initial 80-day contract for the IPL in April and May where he will help to coach the likes of South Africa captain Graeme Smith and India’s Yuvraj Singh.
“It was a massively tough decision, having been with the club for 20 years,” said Nixon. ”But over the last few years I have got involved in other things and I have had an offer from the IPL to go and coach.
“It’s waiting to be finalised, and I would have liked everything to have been done before I turned down the full-time role with Leicestershire. 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.”
Nixon still hopes to have some involvement with Leicestershire in a consultancy capacity and he is also working with former England and Leicester Tigers rugby players Will Greenwood and Austin Healey on a new business venture.
But he hopes that the Pune job will allow him to make his mark as a coach and to add to the various trophies he won as a player.
“You go and show what you can do and add value to the organisation, and the players, and take it from there,” Nixon said. “I know I can add value. I’ve got a lot of experience in Twenty20 cricket.
“You have to do a good job and enjoy it. I like to think I have a canny knack of winning trophies. We have won five in the last 16 years, I went to Kent and won a trophy and went with England to Australia and won a trophy. It would be nice to win one with Pune Warriors, and that’s the plan.”