Ashley Giles appointed ECB managing director of England men's cricket, replacing Andrew Strauss

Giles' first major task will be finding a successor to head coach Trevor Bayliss, whose contract expires in 2019

Ed Malyon
Sports Editor
Friday 14 December 2018 17:04
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Ashley Giles has enjoyed great success at Warwickshire
Ashley Giles has enjoyed great success at Warwickshire

Ashley Giles has been appointed ECB’s managing director of England men’s cricket, replacing Andrew Strauss who stepped down in October.

Giles, 45, will be responsible for the long-term strategy of the England men’s cricket teams and the performance pathways leading into the international teams having previously served as England's limited-overs coach and his first major task will be to find a successor for head coach Trevor Bayliss, who recently doubled down on his promise to leave the post after the 2019 Ashes.

The 45 year-old will officially begin his role in January and said: “I am delighted to be joining the ECB and shaping the future of England cricket throughout the men’s game.

Giles was previously England's limited-overs head coach

“I am very grateful for the opportunity and excited about working with some talented people. The legacy left by Andrew Strauss has put the performance programme in a stable place. It is fundamental that I facilitate the great work currently being carried out, meet our objectives and help our sport achieve great things in the coming years both domestically and internationally.

“I believe it is important for the game to have a strong international set-up, which is showing great promise in what will be a significant year for our red and white ball teams leading into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup this summer and the Ashes. The next 12 months could transform the game like no other time in recent memory.”

“Finally, I would like thank Warwickshire County Cricket Club and in particular Chairman, Norman Gascoigne, and Chief Executive, Neil Snowball, for their guidance and support during my time at Edgbaston.”

The former England international spinner is currently Sport Director at Warwickshire County Cricket Club,

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison, who oversaw the recruitment process, said:

“We were fortunate throughout this process to interview some of the most talented and respected people in the game.

“Ashley was the standout candidate amongst a very strong field. He will bring a fresh perspective to the role and build on the excellent work carried out by Andrew Strauss over the past three and a half years.

“He has a tremendous passion for England cricket, extensive knowledge of our county game, and a wealth of experience from playing at the highest level to becoming a respected leader in the sport.

“He will lead the England men’s teams forward in what is a pivotal year with an ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup and the Specsavers Ashes Series, both on home soil.

“This is a key appointment and we are excited about Ashley’s arrival.”

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