Daryl Foster to assist Pakistan National Cricket Academy

VINO JOHN

Australian bowling coach Daryl Foster is to work as an advisor for Pakistan's new National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Lahore.

"Foster is willing to come over and work as a consultant for us with the academy and other projects," Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief executive Rameez Raja said.

"He is not willing to work full time due to other commitments but has made himself available for frequent visits to Pakistan to work as consultant," Raja said. Foster accompanied the Pakistan team as bowling consultant to the 2001 tour of England and the 2003 World Cup in South Africa.

The Pakistan Board is planning to launch the NCA on the lines of the academies in Australia, England, South Africa by the end of July after having already started regional academies in the major cities. Raja said that the Board would also invite former South African batsman Barry Richards and some specialist coaches from Australia to the NCA.

"But since they would not be working full time in the academy, we will shortly be announcing a permanent local chief coach for the academy," he said.

The launching of the NCA and its regional branches is part of a major revamping programme by the Pakistan Board, which will also organise its domestic cricket from this season on a regional basis.