The KNCB is pleased to announce the signing of James Foster as the new specialist coach for the national cricket team. James is taking over from Trevor Penney who has joined the West Indies cricket board.
Foster is a very exciting young coach who has spent his whole playing career, 2000-18, with Essex, most of those nineteen years he played alongside Ryan ten Doeschate. In 2001-2 James represented England in seven Test matches and eleven ODI matches and 5 T20’s where he was a member of England’s 2009 T20 World Cup squad. After his playing career, James has become a hugely sought after coach working as a Head Coach in the Caribbean Premier League and Bangladesh Premier League, as well as assistant coach roles in the Canadian Premier League, T10, Big Bash and in County Cricket as well. Currently he is working in the Pakistan Super League before he takes up a role with the Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. James will be available for our national team from June onwards and will join the coaching staff for the T20 match vs New Zealand (15th June), the ODI series against Pakistan and Zimbabwe and travel with the team to T20 World Cup in Australia. We are confident that James is the perfect fit and are very excited about the prospect to have him involved in our set up.
Head coach Ryan Campbell: “Replacing Trevor Penney was always going to be a tough assignment, but I feel we have been extremely lucky in signing former England & Essex wicketkeeper James Foster. Fozzie is currently one of the most in demand young coaches in World Cricket and the experience he has picked up with being involved in the IPL, CPL, BPL & PSL will be invaluable to us heading into the ODI Super League and T20 World Cup. He comes with massive wraps and I can’t wait for our players and back room staff to begin working with him.”
James Foster said: "I am really excited to be joining up with the KNCB national team for what is a very exciting and busy year of cricket for the team. Tendo and Trevor have spoken very positively about the set up and playing group and I am really looking forward to joining up with the team after the IPL. I have worked with and against a few of the players across various T20 leagues and I am hopeful I can add to the good work that Cambo and the coaching team have been doing."
Position bowling coach
On top of losing Trevor Penney, we also received news that our bowling coach Chris Liddle signed by Northamptonshire CCC as their new bowling coach. Northamptonshire CCC is also the county where Brandon Glover has just signed a three year contract. Chris is unfortunately unable to combine both coaching roles. To replace Chris, we have asked James Anyon to join the team for the Namibia tour as our bowling coach. James has had a distinctive county career playing County cricket for Surrey, Sussex and Warwickshire taking over 300 wickets. He is currently working as the Head Coach at a private school in Sussex and he is the bowling consultant for Sussex CCC. After the Namibia tour a decision will be made if James will join the team on a more permanent basis.