Andrew Strauss © Getty Images
Andrew Strauss © Getty Images

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) on Saturday confirmed former captain Andrew Strauss as the Director of England cricket, a new position created in their set-up following the exit of Paul Downton as manager of England national cricket team. READ: In Michael Vaughan, England cricket have lost a goldmine that could have turned their fortunes

According to the ECB website, “In this new high-performance role for the England & Wales Cricket Board [ECB] he will be responsible for the long-term strategy of the England men’s cricket team and for developing the right coaching and management structure to support it. The appointment follows a month-long formal recruitment process led by ECB Chief Executive Tom Harrison.” READ: England hiring Australian coach will be an insult: UK newspaper

Harrison said after the appointment of Strauss, “Andrew’s breadth of ideas, his passion for England cricket and his proven leadership skills shone out. He was an exceptional England captain, is an authoritative voice on the modern game and has a wealth of experience building successful teams. READ: ECB’s job description for ‘Director of England Cricket’ role leaked

“Andrew’s also widely respected across the sporting landscape. We’re delighted he’s joining us at the ECB as we set out to create a new strategy for the game,” he added.

The release from ECB informed that Strauss will be looking after the national cricket team’s performance and development programs, along with selection process and player pathway. England coach will be reporting to Strauss.