Born in England, Richard Pybus was brought up in Australia. A right-handed batsman and a right-arm fast-medium bowler, his cricketing career was threatened with injuries and hence, Pybus could not continue with his dream.
Pybus played just one List A game, and in his twenties, took up coaching as his profession. He first coached Border in South Africa in 1998-99, during which the team reached the finals of the SuperSport series for the first time. He was later appointed as consultant to the Pakistan national team, when they reached the finals of the ICC Cricket World Cup. Although he returned to Border after the stint, Pybus took charge of Pakistan until after the 2003 World Cup and then progressed to the Titans, where he was the head coach between 2005-06 and 2008-09. The Titans did very well under his tutelage as they clinched six titles in four seasons.
A short stint with Middlesex followed in 2007, but Pybus stepped down after five months due to personal reasons. He left the Titans in 2009 and a year later, was appointed coach of the Cape Cobras for the next three years. As soon as his tenure with the Cobras came to an end, he was usurped by Bangladesh as their head coach in 2012.