Michael Vaughan © Getty Images
Michael Vaughan © Getty Images

London: Former England captain Michael Vaughan has reportedly emerged as the front-runner for the newly created post of ‘Director of England Cricket’, after Paul Downton was sacked as the team’s managing director. England endured a woeful ICC Cricket World Cup 2015 campaign as they failed to advance to the tournament quarterfinal following a 15-run loss to Bangladesh. Paul Downton axed as England managing director

Vaughan said that he was always open to chats about the future of English cricket, admitting that the World Cup was a disaster because of the way the team played and it was inevitable that there would be change, the Mirror reported. Yorkshireman Vaughan insisted that there were deeper-rooted problems, adding that there needs to be a collective desire for change – a cultural change in one-day cricket. Graeme Swann predicts a bright summer for England at home

Reflecting on the decision to sack Downton, chief executive Tom Harrison, meanwhile, said that the ECB needed to be accountable for reaching the standards they aspire to. Vaughan further said that an IPL-style window has to be created in the next two years or so, in order to bring fresh talents into the national team. England’s warm-up match vs St. Kitts Invitational XI ends in a lame draw