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Barry sessions for Pak before Asia Cup
- Domestic Cricket - Neighbours studying India’s first-class model

Calcutta: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), which has pulled off a coup by getting on board Greg Chappell and Barry Richards, will be availing of the latter’s expertise before the July 16-August 1 Asia Cup in Sri Lanka.

The legendary Chappell, however, is going to begin his assignment in the first week of August, ahead of the tri-series in Holland and the Champions Trophy in England.

Both Chappell and Richards, who enjoys iconic status, are essentially consultants with a wide-ranging brief: Working with the senior team, the A side, the colts and, of course, at the Lahore-located National Academy.

Chappell and Richards’ contracts are for a year.

“Barry is expected towards the end of this month and, so, will work with the probables… As he is going to be in Lahore (for ten days), he will also spend time with the Academy boys,” PCB chief executive Rameez Raja, a former captain, told The Telegraph on Tuesday.

Chappell, who too is going to be in Lahore for ten days, will work with Inzamam-ul Haq and Co. at a critical period — after the 2004-05 season’s opening engagement and before the rich-in-stakes Champions Trophy, where Pakistan have been clubbed with (joint holders) India and Kenya.

His tips are going to be timely as the Champions Trophy will be preceded by the tri-series, where world champions Australia and India complete the line-up.

Significantly, besides three visits of ten days’ duration each, the PCB is going to avail of Chappell and Richards’ wealth of knowledge to prepare a coaching manual. Darryl Foster, who often works with the Pakistan quicks, will contribute as well.

“The project is going to take six months — at least. Once ready, though, something memorable will be there for posterity,” Rameez remarked.

Meanwhile, looking to revamp the domestic structure, the PCB has been “studying” the set-up in some countries — including India.

Chief selector Wasim Bari, who is pretty influential within the PCB, took it upon himself to specifically obtain details of the first-class structure in India.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India wasn’t approached and the needful, it’s learnt, was done by a Calcutta-based friend of Bari.

Clearly, the cricket brass across the border doesn’t just respect Team India, there seems much admiration for a set-up which has contributed to the building of a successful side.

Footnote: It’s confirmed that the Pakistan selectors have “informally” decided on the Asia Cup probables, but the list is going to be released after Inzamam has been “sounded out.” The captain, holidaying in the US, is expected home in a day or two.

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