Strauss interested in England role

Published: Sunday 12th April 2015 by The News Editor

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Andrew Strauss has admitted he would be interested in filling the newly created role of cricket director within English cricket.

Strauss, Alec Stewart and Michael Vaughan have all been heavily linked with the role, which the England and Wales Cricket board will introduce following the departure of Paul Downton as managing director earlier this week.

Vaughan revealed on Friday he spoke with England and Wales Cricket Board chief executive Tom Harrison about various issues around the game, while Surrey’s cricket director revealed he would be ”silly not to listen” to England and Wales Cricket Board bosses if they enquired about his services

The matter of who will be offered the role remains an open one and Strauss like Vaughan and Stewart would be interested.

Writing in his Sunday Times column Strauss said: “With more of a focus directly on the England team, the new role does seem more suitable for a recent ex-cricketer than the previous version.

“It is no surprise that the names of Michael Vaughan, Alec Stewart and myself have been thrown around.

“To anyone who is passionate about cricket in this country, the allure of such a job is undeniable. I am certainly interested in any role that might help English cricket move forward.

“The question, however, is: what exactly is the new job?

“The devil is in the detail and until I know, alongside the other very good candidates, what the exact roles and responsibilities of the new job are, it is impossible to nail my colours to the mast.

“As Downton found out wanting to help English cricket move forward, and actually being given the time and authority to do so are two very different things.”

Beleaguered managing director Downton lost his job on Wednesday night after a tumultuous 14-month reign.

Downton took control in February 2014 but never recovered from his immediate controversial decision to sack star batsman Kevin Pietersen.

The reappointment of Peter Moores as head coach was designed to sweep a new broom through the ECB, but ultimately Downton has paid the price for those two key decisions.

New ECB chief executive Tom Harrison spearheaded Downton’s removal, backed up no doubt by incoming chairman Colin Graves, who starts his new role next month.

Graves has already mooted a potential Test return for the exiled Pietersen, and Downton’s removal opens the door still further for the South Africa-born batsman, who will be back in county action with Surrey this season.

Published: Sunday 12th April 2015 by The News Editor

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