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James Foster named Northern Superchargers men's head coach

Former Essex and England wicketkeeper succeeds Darren Lehmann in role

James Foster oversees a training drill, Headingley, August 24, 2021

James Foster oversees a training drill with England  •  Getty Images

James Foster, the former England and Essex wicketkeeper, has been appointed as Northern Superchargers men's head coach for the second edition of the Hundred. He replaces Darren Lehmann, who stepped down from the role last month.
Foster, who has worked as a wicketkeeping consultant with England, has built up a wealth of experience on the global T20 circuit since retiring in 2018. He has held positions in all of the major leagues, including IPL, BBL and PSL, where he was recently named head coach of Peshawar Zalmi.
"I'm delighted to be joining the Northern Superchargers and working with the team this season," Foster said. "I loved watching the Hundred last year and seeing so many kids and families enjoying it, and I am really looking forward to meet up with the group and getting started.
"It's a huge privilege and I'm thrilled to be working with an exciting group of players and hopefully we can excite the supporters with the style of cricket we play."
Foster's first job in charge of Superchargers, who finished fifth under Lehmann last season, will be to oversee decisions on player retention, ahead of the draft for 2022 in March.
He will be aided by Hassan Cheema, currently Islamabad United's strategy manager at the PSL, who has been brought in as men's team analyst.
Andy Dawson, Northern Superchargers general manager, said: "James has a vast amount of experience working with high profile coaches from around the world and we're thrilled to appoint someone of his calibre. He embraces the culture and environment we want to create at Superchargers, and we're sure he will help us create sustainable success on and off the field."