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Last Updated: Thursday, 2 August 2007, 07:04 GMT 08:04 UK
Snape eyes England Twenty20 role
By Andrew McKenzie

Jeremy Snape
Snape was an England assistant at the World Cup in March

Jeremy Snape would like to rejoin England's coaching staff for the World Twenty20 if he is not picked to play.

Snape, who is in the provisional 30-man squad, was part of England's coaching set-up in the West Indies at the World Cup in March.

"If I could help either as a player or as part of the coaching set up that would be great," he told BBC Sport.

"Playing in this competition and sharing some of my ideas might help me integrate into the set-up long-term."

The inaugural international Twenty20 tournament takes place in South Africa in September.

Spinner Snape, who captained Leicestershire to 2006 Twenty20 Cup glory in 2006, also starred in their 2004 success.

He is one of several perceived "specialists" in the shortest form of the game in the provisional squad.

It's great to be in the 30-man squad but I'm looking forward to getting into the final selection

Jeremy Snape

England's selectors will announce the final squad of 15 on Monday, with Chris Schofield and Darren Maddy also waiting to see what approach they will take.

Snape was asked to help England at the World Cup in part because of his experience in sporting psychology - he runs his own consultancy called Sporting Edge Solutions.

He agreed a short-term contract to run through the group stages and would be keen to resume a similar role in the future.

"I'm looking forward to doing some more work with them but not had any formal discussions about it," Snape continued.

"It's great to be in the 30-man squad but I'm looking forward to getting into the final selection once it is done.

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"It will be interesting to see how far they go with what they call the specialist Twenty20 players or the traditional one-day internationals."

Snape believes the selectors will watch Saturday's Twenty20 Cup finals day at Edgbaston before making their final decisions on the squad.

He blamed bad weather for preventing the Foxes reaching another Twenty20 Cup finals day this weekend and ruining their chances of defending their crown.

"We had five out of our eight group games completely lost to rain which meant we didn't get through, which was really disappointing because it's our signature competition," he said.

"It would have been nice to have the opportunity to defend our trophy at finals day but it wasn't to be."

Lancashire face Gloucestershire in the 1130 BST semi-final on Saturday, with Sussex taking on Kent from 1500.

"There are four very strong teams so it should be a good day," he added.

"I think Sussex might do well - Sussex and Lancashire are the two strongest teams."

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