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Rob Key Appointed New Managing Director of the England and Wales Cricket Board

Former England batsman Rob Key was appointed new managing director of the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Sunday, setting in movement a brand new period for English cricket.

Joe Root was the newest of a sequence of resignations when he introduced his resolution to step down as England Take a look at captain on Friday following a disastrous 12 months of red-ball cricket, together with a dismal 4-0 defeat to Australia within the Ashes.

Root’s resolution left virtually a whole energy vacuum on the ECB.


Head coach Chris Silverwood, batting coach Graham Thorpe and former managing director Ashley Giles misplaced their jobs over three successive days in February following a fruitless tour to Australia.

Key has primarily labored as a commentator and pundit since his retirement from county cricket with Kent in 2015.

“It’s an absolute honour to take up this function. The prospect to have an effect and make a distinction is a chance given to only a few and I’ll give it every thing I’ve to attempt to form the following nice period of English males’s cricket,” Key mentioned in a press release.

“Though at this present second it has been a difficult time in English cricket, I additionally suppose it’s as thrilling a time as I can bear in mind.”

One in all Key’s first challenges shall be to nominate a successor to Root, with Ben Stokes the favorite to take the function as one in every of few gamers assured to be within the Take a look at staff.

Key will even be chargeable for the technique behind the England males’s cricket groups and efficiency pathways and can take a task as a part of an upcoming high-performance assessment.

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As a participant, Key performed 15 Assessments for England between 2002 and 2005, in addition to 5 one-day internationals and one Twenty20 worldwide.

ECB chief govt officer Tom Harrison mentioned: “Following an intensive recruitment course of, Rob stood out in a really aggressive discipline.

“His ardour and data of the sport at home and worldwide degree is excellent.”

England’s summer time begins with a three-Take a look at sequence towards New Zealand, beginning on June 2, earlier than additionally dealing with India and South Africa.

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