KKR rope in James Foster as fielding coach
Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday appointed James Foster as their fielding coach for the upcoming IPL edition. The former England wicket-keeper replaced Subhadeep Ghosh, who had joined the franchise previously. After making his debut in 2001, Foster played seven Tests, 11 ODIs and five T20Is for England from 2001 to 2009. He retired from competitive cricket in 2018 before taking up coaching. Here's more.
📣 ANNOUNCEMENT❗— KolkataKnightRiders (@KKRiders) February 10, 2020
🤝 Welcome aboard, James Foster!! 🏃♂⚡
The former 🏴 keeper has been named #KKR's fielding coach for #IPL2020 🏏#KKR #KorboLorboJeetbo #Cricket @JamesFoster07 pic.twitter.com/IPiwK6yg3S
During his early days, Foster was expected to surpass Alec Stewart. But he couldn't replicate his County performances in international cricket. He could only muster 304 runs in 23 international matches at an average of 20.26. His short-lived career also included 33 catches and 11 stumpings. He also played five T20Is during the ICC World T20 2009 and also led Essex in 2010.
Foster was the head coach of Khulna Tigers for the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League season. He also worked as the assistant coach of Vancouver Knights who won the inaugural Canada Global T20 League last year. He will join the KKR head coach Brendon McCullum, bowling coach Kyle Mills and chief mentor David Hussey for this edition.
The two-time champions will be looking to curb the ghosts from the past as the 13th IPL edition starts on March 29. KKR's campaign was marred by controversies as they crashed out from the league stage last season. They haven't won any title since 2014 despite signing quite a few big names. Karthik & Co. will bank heavily on Pat Cummins this year.