Richards will link with Pakistan coach Mark Coles in September to assist with Pakistan’s preparations for the ICC T20 Cricket World Cup in the West Indies in November.

Currently the State Talent and Pathways Manager – Women’s Cricket, Richards will also be a batting consultant for Pakistan into 2019.

His first appointment will come against Australia, when Pakistan play their ICC Women’s Championship against the Southern Stars in Malaysia next month.

As well as the World Cup in November, he will also be involved in the preparations for the away series against West Indies and South Africa.

Richards, inaugural Head Coach of the WBBL Brisbane Heat, was the Konica Minolta Queensland Fire coach between 2010 and 2017.

He said this week that the challenge of working with Pakistan was an exciting one, and was pleased to renew acquaintances with Coles who he formed a close bond with while Coles was coaching Queensland Premier Cricket club Sunshine Coast.

“There is enormous potential within the Pakistan Women’s team, and so working alongside Mark with the players will be a really fulfilling experience,’’ he said.

“I’ve been fortunate to be able to work extensively as a coach with teams like the Heat and the Fire and also with individual players to help them improve their skills and develop further.

“There’s a great opportunity to assist Pakistan Women’s cricket to grow and strengthen. As well as the World Cup, there are some big international series ahead and it’s going to be important that the players are well-prepared and confident.’’

Richards’ role as State Talent and Pathways Manager – Women’s Cricket will be filled by former Queensland Fire allrounder and Australian Women’s Indoor player Jude Coleman.