IPL 2020: Kolkata Knight Riders rope in former England wicketkeeper-batsman James Foster as fielding coach

Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have roped in former England wicketkeeper-batsman James Foster as their fielding coach.

He will replace former Assam cricketer Subhadeep Ghosh, who had joined the franchise before IPL 2019.

KKR took to their social media to make the announcement.

This will be the first time that Foster will be coaching an IPL franchise. He will join the revamped coaching staff headed by Brendon McCullum, who replaced Jaques Kallis as head coach.

The other key members in the franchise are David Hussey and Kyle Mills. 

About Foster, he has played 289 first-class matches, seven Tests, 11 ODIs and five T20Is from 2001 to 2009. 

He did his Test debut against India in 2001 in Mohali and interestingly, his last multi-day game also came against India in 2018.

He was part of the Essex team that played visitors before the five-match Test series in 2018. In 2018, he hanged his boots from competitive cricket and took up coaching assignments.

About KKR and their captain, the franchise decided against changing it and Dinesh Karthik will be leading KKR for the third time.

The two-time champions KKR are seeking a third title win since 2014. In the latest mini-auction in December 2019, KKR made the biggest purchase of the day by roping in Pat Cummins for a hefty price of Rs 15.50 Crore.

This made him the biggest overseas gainer in the history of IPL. Apart from him, the franchise also bought Eoin Morgan (Rs 5.25 Crore), Rahul Tripathi (Rs 60 Lakh), Varun Chakravarthy (Rs 4 Crore), M Siddarth (Rs 20 Lakh), Chris Green (Rs 20 Lakh), Tom Banton (Rs 1 Crore), Pravin Tambe (Rs 20 Lakh) and Nikhil Naik (Rs 20 Lakh).

Courtesy : DNA

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