England coach Richard Dawson withdraws from Pak tour due to injury

KARACHI: Due to a groin injury, assistant coach Richard Dawson will miss the next ICC T20 World Cup in Australia as well as the seven-match T20I series here for the touring England team.

Dawson will take a flight back to England to start his healing.

After pulling up during a training session earlier, Dawson had to be helped off the field at the National Stadium in Karachi, where the first T20I was played on Tuesday night. He then had to ride a wheelchair back to the team hotel. He will be unable to continue during this tour of Pakistan after being evaluated in Karachi, as per a statement from the ECB. He will depart for the UK on Wednesday.

Along with Carl Hopkinson and David Saker, Dawson served as one of white-ball head coach Matthew Mott's three assistants on the historic Pakistan tour. Australian Michael Hussey is expected to join the coaching team in Australia before the ICC T20 World Cup later this month.

The ECB stated that a replacement coach for the World Cup will be revealed at a later time. According to the article, one of Brendon McCullum's Test assistant coaches could be selected to join the white-ball support staff as a result of Dawson's injury.

With their opening batsman Alex Hales smashing a half-century on Tuesday, England started their sub-continental tour on a winning note. The visitors overcame Pakistan by six wickets with four balls remaining to take a 1-0 lead in the seven-match T20I series.

Hales' sensational return to the international game, which was boosted by seven boundaries, and Harry Brook's striking at the death helped England defeat Pakistan's 158/7 in 19.2 overs as both teams prepared for the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia.

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